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  1. Four Lepers
  
  
  "Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord, Tomorrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria. Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof. And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die? If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die. And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there. For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us. Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life. And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it. Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king's household" (2 Kings 7:1-9).
  My dear friends in Pusan city and my beloved Christians, grace to all of you and peace from God, our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Even when I had preached to thousands and thousands of people, I had never felt as wonderful as this. I don't know why I feel so excited to be here now. This feeling is just like the feeling you have when you meet someone whom you dream about and meet for the first time in your life. You know what I mean.
  I would like to tell you how your sins can be cleansed as white as snow. Do you know these songs in the hymnal? 'Happy day! Happy day! When Jesus Washed My Sins Away!' written by P. Doddrige in 1755; and 'Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet, They Shall Be As White As Snow' written by Fanny Jane Crosby in 1871.
  Are you really sinless in your heart? Have you had the experience in your heart of these songs? You know these songs can be sung by anyone, but only reborn Christians, children of God, know the meanings. None of the religious, carnal Christians know. This is very important and I would like you to listen with open hearts.
  All right then, just what does it mean to 'open your heart'? A few years ago, I once had a chance to lead the evangelistic meeting at Yea Chun Air Force Base. I preached the gospel to many officers and soldiers. That night I was invited to a small tea party. I was drinking a cup of tea in a chair when a lady, a pilot's wife, came to me. She asked me, "Sir, how can I open my heart?"
  Since I was asked this question, I could not just say "Open your heart." Because people did not know how to open their hearts, even though most people know "Believe in Jesus Christ. Then your sins will be forgiven and you will be saved," the fact is most people have vague ideas about these concepts. Before I was saved, I had been going to church for a long time. Like most people, I did not know how to cleanse my sins. I thought that if I unconditionally repent and confess, then this is the way of living a Christian life and everything shall be taken care of; nevertheless, my sins still remained in my heart. I had no hope. I did not know what to do to clean the sin in my heart. Because I was once in the same situation you all are in, I do not want to tell you any complicated or difficult stories.
  I would like to have a conversation with each of you during this evangelistic meeting. However, I am unable to talk to each of you individually, because you are many and I am one. Therefore, ask me all the questions in your hearts. I also, am going to ask you some questions during this session. I wish all of you to answer loudly when I ask you a question, but please answer me in your heart because we may create a lot of confusion since we are so many. I can not hear the words in your heart but I may know a little bit by just looking at your body language.
  Don't you think it is hard to communicate with God in our hearts? Can we hear the voice of God? Can we see God with our own eyes? Or, can we touch Him? Open your heart, and communicate with me first. Bring all the questions you have in your hearts. Bring any kind of problem which you can't answer or any questionable thing which you cannot understand; such as 'How to be cleansed of sin? How to be a born again Christian? What is the way to solve all the problems in my heart?'
  Who doesn't know that praying is good for you? And who doesn't know that reading the Bible is good for you? Who doesn't know sinning is bad? No, they don't! But we can't control ourselves. I have been going to the prisons to preach the gospel. I have never told them, "Do not commit sins." You know why? Because there is no one in the world who commit sins and doesn't know that sinning is bad. I wanted them to understand the way to win and overcome sins according to the Bible.
  My beloved friends, I do not ask for any of your eagerness or any of your methods. I also do not want any of your resolutions. If your heart is open and the word of God comes into your heart, then Jesus Christ controls your heart. If Jesus dwells in your heart, I know that there is no more you or your need to fight against sin. You do not have to try to quit smoking, drinking, stealing, or thinking about the lusts of the flesh. Jesus, in your heart, will fight for you to win and overcome any and all kinds of sin. From the lusts of the flesh, from dirty thoughts, from hatred, and from abhorrent behavior, He surely make you free. That is why I am going to introduce Jesus Christ to all of you.
  There are many people whose hearts are very far from Jesus Christ, even though they know Jesus and call His name. Jesus Christ is near you. I mean, He is waiting at your heart. He loves you deeply and tells you to open your heart. I strongly believe that Jesus Christ will work in your heart as you hear the word of God.
  I'd like to tell you a folk tale. Once upon a time, there was a captain of a ship who lived in Spain. He set sail from harbor to harbor. Because he voyaged to so many ports of so many countries, he came home only once a month, once every three months, or once every six months. He had a son and whenever he came back from a voyage, he would always hug and kiss him. He usually brought him some gifts. When the time came to set sail to other harbors of different countries, he had to leave his son feeling sorrowful, he always said, "I will be back in a while. Be well with mother."
  One day, he came back from a long journey and he greeted his son. He loved his son very much. But the time came to set sail for other ports, as usual, but his son would not let him go. So he made a promise that he would take his son with him on the next trip. Several months passed and the captain came home. The son was very happy to see his father again because he could go on board with him. The captain could not break his promise, so he conceded to take him along. The son was about fifteen years old and his mother was worried about him because he was too young to be on board. The captain relieved her anxiety by saying, "Don't worry. It's all right. This trip is not a long one."
  The night before the voyage the boy could not fall asleep because of his excitement of going on board. The captain told his son to bring things with which to entertain himself because there would be nothing to do. All they would have is the sky and the sea. So he did as his father told him. He took toys and story books and he also put his best friend, a monkey on board.
  Finally, the ship was put out to sea and signaled with a "Tuoooo" sound. He was busy watching seagulls, waves, and many different kinds of fish. The boat was slowly floating on the salty water. Soon they were in the middle of the ocean. There were no more seagulls he could watch, so he began playing with his best friend, the monkey, often while his father and the sailors were busy.
  One day, as usual, they played in a room. Suddenly, the monkey took the son's hat and ran away. The boy chased after his hat. To the cabin, to the deck, round and round, to here, and to there. At last, the monkey went up to a head mast. The boy ran after it and said, "Now I can catch you." When he was about to reach the monkey, it would climb about three steps higher. So, he climbed up more to reach it, then it climbed even higher. The boy chased up after the monkey without giving a thought as to how far he had climbed. Finally, the monkey was standing on the top of the mast. "There are no more places you can go." He said to the monkey. But when he was about to grasp it, the monkey just simply jumped from the top of the mast to another mast. The boy realized then that he had come so far up, as he looked down from the top of the mast. He felt giddy and sailors seemed to be as small as ants. The sight made him lose the strength in his hands. He was so scared. He was in a fearful situation and he could not go down. He was losing the power in his legs.
  At that time, a sailor who was working on the deck, saw the poor boy. "Oh, no! It is the captain's boy," the sailor shouted. "Who can climb up and carry him down?"
  The sailors were making a great commotion about this matter. The boy was slowly losing the strength in his arms, but he still held on tightly. He knew he would die if he let go of the mast. A sailor ran to the captain and cried,
  "Captain! Come quick, hurry!"
  "What's happening?" the captain asked.
  "Your son is on the top of the mast."
  He came out and saw his son trembling with fear and crying,
  "Dad! Dad!"
  "How did it happen?" asked the frustrated captain.
  One of sailors told him all the details of what had happened. After he had heard everything, he closed his eyes to think for awhile; unexpectedly, he took his gun out. The sailors thought, 'What use is it to kill the monkey now?' The captain looked at his son while holding his gun and said,
  "Son, can you hear me?"
  "Yes, dad, I can hear you!" he said.
  He suddenly pointed the gun at him and said,
  "Son, jump into the ocean! If you don't, I will shoot you. You must jump into the water before I count to five, or else, I will shoot."
  The captain was very serious. The son knew his father. He said things once, then he would actually do them, no matter what. The son thought, 'I can stay here and die or chance jumping into the ocean.'
  It was frightening to let his hands go, but the gun was even more frightening than jumping into the water, so he got ready to jump.
  "One!" The captain started counting.
  "Two!" The captain looked at him with fear.
  "Three!" At that sound, the son let his hands go and kicked the mast as hard as he could. He fell into the water. Sailors waited there and rescued him out of the water.
  My beloved friends! I am not trying to disturb your heart. Please give yourself a chance to have a sincere thought about your Christian life once more.
  People fast, pray all night, and even make new resolutions every New Year, but you know what? There's something much harder or to understand and that's a Christian life. If you ask a taxi driver,
  "Excuse me, do you believe in Jesus?"
  "Don't tell me about the story of Jesus. I don't have time to believe in Jesus," he will say.
  If you ask a police officer,
  "Officer! Do you believe in Jesus?"
  "I am very busy and I have no time to go to church," he will answer.
  What about a medical doctor?
  "Sir, do you believe in Jesus?"
  "Dear me! I don't know why I became a doctor. I always have to be with grim looking patients, even on such a fine spring day. The weather's perfect for a picnic. You know, I would like to believe in Jesus, but I couldn't," he might respond.
  How about asking a soldier?
  "Do you believe in Jesus?"
  "We have our army regulations and I am so busy fulfilling my duties, so I will believe in Him later," he might answer.
  To a businessman,
  "Sir! Do you believe in Jesus?"
  "Let me make some money and marry off my children. After this, I will go to a church to believe in Jesus. Look, pastor! You may be unaware of this kind of business. To do this business, we can not be truthful with the buyers! One particular kind of merchandise, which we paid $25 per item for, we say 'our outlay was $50' to convince the customers that I sell good products for cheap prices. Of course I have to lie to them all the time. Otherwise, I could not make a $25 profit per item. And how can I believe Jesus while I am in the middle of a world of lies? I would rather believe in Jesus after I'm clear of this business," he will reply.
  Most people think they are not able to believe in Jesus because of their bad habits. For example, "I can not believe in Jesus because I have a drinking problem." or "I can not believe in Jesus because of my smoking problem."
  As I described earlier, I had been ministering to pilots on an Air Force Base. There were many souls and I asked them,
  "My friends! Raise your hands if you think it is hard to believe in Jesus!"
  And many souls raised their hands.
  "Here is the commander beside me!" I said. And I politely asked Major Park, the commander, to stand up.
  "Major! Could you stand up for me, please?" So he stood up before the pilots. And I asked them,
  "Now, please raise your hands, if you think it is hard to believe that this commander is Major Park?"
  No one raised a hand. So, I asked,
  "It is not hard to believe that he is your commander, then why is it so hard to believe in Jesus?"
  "Is this because Jesus is not better than the commander?"
  You see, because we do not know the concept of believing in Jesus, that is why it is so hard to believe in Jesus!
  Dear friends! I am so happy that I can trust my wife. That doesn't mean my wife is pretty or an upstanding person. I am also very happy about being able to trust my children. If I don't trust my children, I will always worry about them in my heart.
  Believing Jesus is so comfortable and a very easy thing to do. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Most people do believe in Jesus, but never obtain peace in their heart. Jesus clearly said that, "I will give you rest." They say, they have faith to believe in Jesus, but they don't have rest in Him. Then, this is not proper faith at all. The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." But, if you worry habitually, even though you believe in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, there is something wrong. Do you have to give some thought to this matter? What I mean is, I think you'd better think about your belief. Frequently, I ask this kind of question, "If you do everything according to the word of God, such as praying zealously, giving tithes regularly, keeping the Sabbath, and not committing sins by faith and by trusting in the Lord, then will you go to heaven?" You might reply, "Everyone knows about this."
  But my friend, is it possible? Raise your hand, whoever can keep all the laws of God among you. Show me, if you have never skipped giving a tithe, not even once in your life, raise your hand please. Raise your hand, anybody who has never skipped church on Sunday in your life. Raise your hand, if you have never lied at all. Raise your hand, if you have never hated others at all? Raise your hand, if you have never thought about adultery.
  Look, my friends! We are people who are unable to reach the level of God. We are just like the boy who held on to the mast so tightly, but sooner or later, he had to let it go. We are in the situation. God, our Father, opens the new way of the gospel of Jesus to us. That is the secret way which is in the Bible.
  My beloved friends, as you want to have a true and faithful life, so Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit want to sincerely speak to your heart. The way of God, hidden in the Bible, is totally different from the thoughts you have. If you perceive the secret in the Bible, it is easy to cleanse your sins. It is too hard for me to cleanse my sins, but it is very easy when I go before the Lord and He cleanses my sins. It is really hard for me to overcome my sins, but it is easy for Jesus to overcome my sins.
  I would like to tell you the words of God. Now let me talk about this by reading a verse in 2 Kings 7:1;
  "Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord, Tomorrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria."
  In the Old Testament era, Israel was attacked by the country of Syria. Like Red China has the Great Wall for protection against its enemies, Israel used to have the city of Samaria surrounded by a great wall. When Israel thought that there was no hope to win the battle, they closed the gate. It wasn't like today, no missiles or atomic bombs, so, there was no way to open the gate when it was shut. Syrian soldiers sieged the castle and were waiting until the Israelites were exhausted and surrendered themselves to the Syrians.
  When the Israelites built the wall for protection, they only built around the city, but did not include any of the farmlands. Therefore, there was a great famine in the city after a year had passed. Two years passed, and finally three years passed. They were faced with mass starvation. It was very serious; we can see in the Bible that young wives ate their children, because they could not bear their starvation. It's in 2 Kings 6:28-29. Because she could not eat her child herself, she conspired with her neighbor, "Let's boil your son today, and we can boil my son tomorrow." The next day they ate one of the sons and then the woman went to her neighbor to have her son, but the neighbor hid her son and would not give him up. The Israelites were in a horrible situation.
  One day Elisha, the prophet, the servant of God, said, "Hear ye the word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord, Tomorrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria" (2 Kings 7:1). This means that the price of grain shall be a lot lower in the following day compared to the price it used to be during the famine.
  Long time ago, Korea also had a great famine. And at that time, Korea did not have any developed transportation like it does nowadays. Because Korea is a mountainous region, it was hard to move from one place to another. So people just starved to death. Therefore, people had some kind of trading method developed to avoid the famine. The trading method was called 'Pat chuk bea mi' or 'Hin chuk bea mi' which meant 'If you give me a bowl of soup, I will give you my farmland.' They traded their farmland for just a bowl of soup. More or less, I think the Israelites were in a similar situation as the Koreans used to be in. During this difficult and horrible situation, in the city of Samaria, Elisha said,
  "A measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria."
  But the officer of the king did not believe it. He replied,
  "Behold, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, might this thing be?"
  Therefore, Elisha, the prophet of God answered,
  "Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof."
  At the same time, lepers were living outside of the city. Because of the law, they could not dwell within the city gates. Their families used to give them food, and clothes every morning, but because of the great famine, they could not get anything at all from their families. For this reason, most of the lepers died, only four lepers were left. These four lepers were talking to one another, "Listen! Our friends lepers died and our cousins died by starvation; now, then, who is next? You and I are going to die sooner or later. So, shall we wait to die here just like this?"
  "Even if we go to the city, we can not obtain anything at all." "All right. Why don't we go to the camp of the Syrians to be captured ourselves and if they kill us, we shall but die. Anyway, it is better than just waiting for death here. Okay?" The others answered, "So be it. Let's go."
  They were heading towards the troops of the Syrians. Yes! They were walking towards the camp of the Syrians, step by step. They were critically ill; some of them had lost a leg, others had lost fingers, etc. At dusk, they were slipping and falling; they could not walk easily, because of the fatigue and the starvation.
  God used this miserable march to make great sound effects. The sound of the falling lepers became the sound of a great multitude of soldiers. So, when the Syrians heard the sound, they thought that the Israelites bought other nations' military forces to attack them. It hastened them to flee and leave their horses and their donkeys intact.
  So, when the four lepers finally got there, the Syrians had deserted the area completely. They could not see any of the soldiers. There were plenty of food, clothes, and even treasures all over the place. How do you think they felt, at that time when they were faced with all the food, from the condition of their starvation?
  Friends! This story tells us the secret of the spiritual life; how to supply the plenty of the rich food of life to the people whose spirits are not yet alive, but dead. The reason for this story is in the Bible is to tell us about our hearts and our filthy minds. Because of these, our spiritual life was getting sick, fading away and dying. Even though we ate the words of God, we could not grow stronger because it was not a spiritual provision.
  I spent my childhood next to the Nakdong River and my father had a huge peanut farm at that time. Because of that reason, my family used to eat a lot of peanuts in the fall, every year. We ate these in many ways; we fried them, boiled them, put peanuts in our rice, and ate them raw, etc. Whenever I went to school, I always brought a handful of peanuts in my lunch box. And because of these, I had many friends. I had lots of peanuts. They were so delicious. But if you chew a peanut which just has come out of its shell, it does not taste right. The peanut must be peeled away from its film which covers a kernel of the peanut. You should peel this film to have the delicious tasting kernel. It's the same with gingko nuts, the walnuts, and many other kinds of nuts.
  Have you ever had a walnut in your life? You know what! If you take a walnut from a walnut tree for the very first time, it has an offensive odor. If you break this walnut shell and eat the kernel, it tastes delicious.
  Not only this! Every fall, children in Korea, usually go underneath chestnut trees. When a chestnut bur falls down, it falls on the children. Even though they get hurt and are in pain, they are to take the pain to gather them. You know why? Because they have tasted the delicious nuts in the chestnut shell. What if you were to just bite the chestnut shell itself? You might not eat anything that day.
  You see, the chestnut's pulp is delicious, but not the shell. The words of God are just like this, you know? God's words, also have an inside and an outside. If you do not eat the inside and just eat the outside, you might say, "People say the words of God are so delicious, but why am I getting so sleepy?"
  Whenever we ride in the car, my wife always falls asleep. I think it would be better to turn our car into a bedroom and sleep there, because my wife sleeps better in the car than at home! From time to time, I have to go a long distance with my wife, but she usually starts to sleep as soon as the car moves. I also used to sleep a lot, but not like my wife. You know when I would sleep? When I read the Bible. This has happened not only to me, but to many people. Most people say, "The more Bibles that are sold, the less sleeping pills are sold." I used to have trouble falling asleep, but whenever I read the Bible, I fell into such a sleep that I did not know whether I was reading the Hebrew words or the Greek words. You may laugh, but many of you are like that. I don't know each of you, but am I right? Why do you sleep whenever you read the Bible? What is the reason for being sleepy when you read the Bible, the love letter, which says that God loves you. The reason is that you only see the outside of the shell, but you have not tasted what's inside. You do not know the spiritual meaning, so you just believe it without knowing what it means. Many people say, "It is a blessing to believe the Bible without understanding it." Now my friends, let's believe the Bible, the words of God, not without understanding, but with understanding, OK?
  Thanks to Pastor Byung Seok Woo, I was invited to this evangelical meeting, 'The Secret of Forgiveness of Sins and Being Born Again.' Let's say I go to Seoul after I finish this conference. There I write a letter to Pastor Byung Seok Woo from Seoul like this:
  "Dear Pastor Byung Seok Woo, I thank you for everything you did during the conference in Pusan. Greetings to those to whom you minister. How is your family? We are all doing fine in Christ. The winds are blowing strong enough to make us feel the fall. The fall flowers have burst into blossom everywhere and the sky is blue in Seoul. Because the fall is the season of reading books, we read the Bible more and more. Pastor Woo, I invite you to my wife's birthday celebration on October 30th. I will prepare many delicious foods save. Please come."
  A couple of days later, Pastor Woo receives the letter and read it. His wife who is beside him, asks him,
  "Where did this letter come from?"
  "Oh, this letter came from Pastor Park." Woo said.
  "What did he say?" Woo's wife asks.
  "He said the fall flowers have burst into blossom in Seoul." Woo answers.
  "What else did he say?" Pastor Woo's church members ask.
  "Strong winds blow in Seoul." Pastor Woo says.
  My friends, if I wrote a letter to him like this, and he responded to them in this manner, was he answering their question? "Strong winds blow in Seoul." This is not the right answer. Of course, winds blow, fall flowers have burst, and the sky is blue. These were in the letter, but what are the key words? "I invite you to my wife's birthday party on October 30th, please come." These are the key words. You can memorize this letter, but if you do not know the key words, then you do not know why he wrote the letter to you.
  Just like this, you even memorize the Bible Old Testament, New Testament and structual theology. If you do not know the key words which God really tells us, you are just the same as a person who doesn't know the Bible at all. Listen! The Bible seems like a story book or a history book of Israel, but there is God's love toward us in the Bible.
  Let's say, I go to your house one day. There you are gathering potatoes out from the field. I arrive starving from the many days of traveling without food. Because of my reputation of being dignified, I could not ask for potatoes.
  "Oh! You have very fine potatoes." I would say.
  "Is that right? Pastor, do you really think so?" You may ask me.
  "Are they delicious when they are steamed?" I would ask.
  "Yes, of course." You may reply.
  "I have loved those potatoes since I was young." I would say.
  "Really? Me too! Our potatoes are really good, don't you think so? OK! Now, why don't you go inside and have some rest?"
  If he says this, does he know my heart? He does not know my heart. My friends, I did not ask for potatoes, but when I said "They are delicious when steamed, I love those potatoes, and they look very delicious", he should have realized what I really wanted. Don't you think so? I did not say he should cook those potatoes for me, but there were some words which showed my heart of wanting to have those potatoes, right? A man who loves a girl for the first time in his life, cannot tell her that "I love you," because he is shy, so he just hangs around her side. She soon knows that he likes her, right?
  God loves us and He tells us through our experienes to make us understand His great and enormous will, which we do not know fully. If we do not find what He wants us to do in the Bible, we are people who do not know the will of God; even if we memorize all the words of God in the Bible. Therefore, it is important to know why He wrote His words in the Bible and to find out what He is trying to tell us in the Bible.
  Now then, my friends, what is it that God wants to tell us through the verses which we have read? Those are the steps of spreading the gospel which can save people who can only die if left on their own; just like the Israelites who were in the city of Samaria. Let's say that it is not the Israelites problem, but ours!
  Is there anyone who can not stand before the Lord because of sin, even though he is smart, well educated, does business well, or is very healthy, physically? Is there anyone who is struggling with sins which are hidden in one's heart for a long time without cleaning them, even though one goes to church, reads the Bible, and prays zealously? Whoever is like this must surely die. Whatever you do, give a tithe, whether you go to church on Sunday or do all the good works possible, you can not make it to go to heaven with sins.
  God created the universe; the heavens and the earth. God made the beautiful garden of Eden. But the world became corrupt and fell into sin, because sin had come into the garden. God never wants to have any kind of sin in His new world, Heaven.
  I came here, to Pusan, by airplane from Seoul. I went to Seoul airport, and the police officers were asking me to cooperate with them in searching my bags. They wanted to know whether I was a North Korean spy who was trying to blow up the airplane or not. "Open the bag, please!" an officer said. I opened the bag and as soon as he saw the Bible, he said, "Go in, please!" So, I came to Pusan and they did the same thing, the inspection. "What is in the bag?" an officer asked. "Oh! A Bible is in the bag." I said. "Please, go in, sir." he told me. They have to inspect us to see if we are spys or smugglers. If we are all good people, then they have no reason to inspect us, right? Why do they inspect us? Why do we have to go through all this trouble? Very recently, a man did something terrible in the Seoul Kimpo Airport. They do not know who is going to do something like this again, therefore, they must search all baggage and we must cooperate with them.
  Just like, the inspectors at the airport and at the gate, there are inspectors in Heaven. It is not so people who have hand grenades or bombs that can not get through the gate of Heaven, but people who have sins. If a sinner tries to get in through the gate of Heaven, the alarm goes off and makes a sound.
  "You can not go in." He will say.
  "Lord, I always gave tithes all the time!" A sinner will say.
  "Even though, you did. No! You cannot go in." He will say.
  "Oh, no! I helped many poor people," a sinner will say.
  "No, you cannot go in." He will say.
  "I also prayed for a hundred days, continuously," a sinner will say.
  "I said, you cannot go in," He will say.
  "I also ran the orphanage," a sinner will say.
  "Even so, you can not go in." He will say.
  Bribes are not taken in Heaven. And it doesn't matter if you have a good background, if you are intelligent, or you are people with a good family name. If you have sins, you can not get into Heaven at all. Many people deceive themselves. 'I am such a faithful believer so He will allow me to get in, even though I have some sins. Although I have some sins He will not keep me from going to Heaven. He is the God of love.'
  Don't get any wrong ideas. God is also just. Don't be misled. He is the God of impartiality. He cannot let you, a sinner, into Heaven and send another sinner into Hell, the lake of fire. Therefore, He will not allow any sinners at all in Heaven. Because of this reason, God sent us His only Son to clean our sins.
  As I lead my church, I always sincerely ask each of my church members whether they are born again Christians. You know why? Because I used to be like them, who still suffer from sin. The reason I go to prison to preach the gospel is that I believe that I would be a prisoner as well if there was no Jesus! I always tell them that I am neither a good person, nor do I have fewer sins than you have.
  I was evil and lustful. I had a lot of evil thoughts in my heart. The reason I stand here is because of Jesus. Once, I was in deep trouble because of sin. I tried not to sin. I tried hard and tried many different ways not to sin. But it was not working at all. I tried to love other people, but it didn't work. People saw me as a member of the youth group, a member of the church choir, and a teacher of Sunday school, but I was a man who was always struggling with sins of which only I knew. Because of sins, I went to many pastors to ask,
  "Pastor, how can I clean my sins?" They always said, "Repent!" So I repented, but I was still not free from the sins. In 1 John 1:9,
  "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
  I did not understand this verse. Therefore, I thought that as I confessed all my sins, one by one, then all my sins would be cleansed. But after I was saved, I realized that it means something different from what I thought it had meant.
  It says,
  "If we confess our sins ...",
  right? My friend, what are the sins? Stealing, lying, killing, and raping are these sins? No. These are not the sins. My friend, what is leprosy? If fingers fall off, eyebrows drop off, and even the nose is distorted, then is this leprosy? No, not at all. These are symptoms of leprosy, not the leprosy itself. What is typhoid? Is having a high fever and the loss of hair, typhoid? No, that is not typhoid. Those are the symptoms of typhoid when it is in the body. If you catch a cold, then you cough, and get a runny nose, but this is not the virus itself. These are the symptoms of the cold.
  Sin and the symptoms of sin are totally different from each other. Stealing, lying, killing, raping, or adultery are the results of sin. It always happens when you have sin. Then, if you have not done these things; adultery, stealing, etc., then are you sinless? No, these people have sin, but the symptoms of sin can't be seen yet.
  The Bible tells us that leprosy is like sin. People say you can have leprosy 'without knowing it for three years, only knowing yourself for three years, and knowing it publically for three years.' One day, if a man notices a sign of the leprosy, then is he a leper from that point, right? No, he was already a leper, it was merely revealed through the body at that time! Before it showed on the body, he was already a leper.
  Similarily the Bible says that you are sinners even though you did not hate anyone, you didn't commit adultery, you didn't kill, and you didn't steal. Do you understand? I do not know why, but someone might say, "Pastor, don't say that word. Sinner, sinner, over and over again. Quit doing that."
  One day, a man phoned me,
  "Pastor, I'd like to meet you!"
  "Yes, of course, please visit or do." I gave him my address.
  "Pastor, I just got out of prison for the ninth time. I am just that way. Pastor, give me some money." He was politely asking me, but threateningly.
  "Do you know who I am?" I asked.
  "You are a pastor." He said.
  "What does a pastor do? Is he a money giver? Is he a man who gives you food?" I said.
  "No, not at all."
  "The pastor is a person who gives you spiritual food. Sit down here, please. Of course, it is important to give you some money to help you, but what is more important is that you receive salvation. Because the pastor is a man who gives you spiritual food, please listen to me!" I said. And I preached the gospel.
  "Pastor! I know all this."
  "Pastor! Don't say that word, sinner again and again!"
  "Well! I don't want to say it, but you must be free from sin!" I said.
  Most people are in sin. Stealing, lying, committing adultery, and killing are not the problems, but the character which makes you do is the problem. Do you feel good when you hear gossiping about a person whom you hate? Are you thrilled when you hear hateful words about someone? Are you zealous when you learn that your neighbor continuously succeeds in his business or in his work? Do you feel bad when you hear that your cousin continuously succeeds in his business or in his work? If you have these kind of feelings in your heart, then, it means that you are already in the sickness of sin.
  It's as if you are a leper, your fingers and eyebrows are falling off. And if you have typhoid fever, you will have a high fever and you will lose your hair. It is natural to hate someone, to kill someone, to commit adultery and to steal things because of the sickness of the sin nature. Can you cure a patient with typhoid fever by just lowering the high temperature? If a leper wraps his fingers with bandages to stop them from falling off? No! You must cure the disease. My friends, do you understand? If you do not understand what it means, please take this book and read it again to help you understand.
  Look, my friends! Sin and crimes are totally different! If you steal, lie, kill, and rape, then you are committing crimes, not sin. In the Bible, sins are very clearly separated from crimes;
  "If we confess our sins ... ";
  it talks about our sins to confess, not our crimes.
  What if a spy surrenders himself to the authorities, according to the Korean law, he will be free from punishment. He will be free; he may become our neighbor. The government gives him a place to live and a job. If I am a spy, how can I surrender myself to the authorities? Should I say "Sir, I planned to blow up a bridge. I planned to kill the President (prominent person). I planned to spy out the top military secret. Please forgive me."
  Obviously this is not the way to surrender oneself to an authoritative figure. Those are the results of being a spy; if I want to surrender myself to the authorities, all I need to say is "I am a spy," to receive the forgiveness of my sins. Then, all the other details that I once planned will be forgiven as well. As I confess that, "I am a spy, and I was ordered to come here." I merely repent that "I am basically a man with a sinful nature."; This is the correct way to confess, instead of just admitting to the offense committed.
  There was a king, called David in the Old Testament. One day David committed adultery with the wife of his subordinate. And in order to hide the affair, he killed her husband. Afterwards, David suffered from the agony of this sin. Because his agony was too great to bear, he repented to the Lord. Do you know how he repented?
  "My Father in Heaven, I just walked on the roof of my palace, and saw a beautiful woman, and just took her in my palace, and laid with her and then, she became pregnant. Lord forgive me." He did not repent like this. Look at Psalms 51:5, "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me." He did not repent the sin he committed, but he repented that because he was a man who was born a sinner by nature, therefore, the only thing he could do was committing sins.
  I am a man who is full of sins. My friends, repenting the results of sin is totally different from repenting that the nature and cause of your sin; namely that you are naturally a sinner.
  If a man asked me,
  "Can you drive?" Neither would I say,
  "No, I don't know how to use turn signals. I am not very good at stopping a vehicle. I do not know how to hold a steering wheel. I do not know how to start an engine. I do not know how to make lane changes. I do not know how to make a 'U' turn and I am not good at driving on the highway."
  If I do not know how to drive, I will simply say that,
  "I am not a driver."
  Friends, don't you agree? If I can do everything well except using turn signals, then I say,
  "I am not good at using turn signals." If I say,
  "I am not good at stepping on the brake pedal", then it means that I can do everything well, except for stepping on the brake pedal.
  Our sin is just like this. If you did not commit any sin except the sin of hating others, then you may simply say "I hated others", this is a good confession. Do you understand? But folks, because we are full of evil, and basically rooted in sin, we are children of sins. We try not to commit sin but we will not succeed because of our sinful nature.
  Therefore you need to have a new heart which will keep you from committing sins. A person who tries to live a sincere Christian life and tries to live a life without committing sins, soon finds out that it is impossible to live without committing sins. A person who practices his Christian life half-heartedly, thinks that he will not commit sins, if he tries hard. But a person who sincerely tries to serve the Lord, a person who makes an effort not to sin, finds he cannot do it. Therefore, he gives up all his efforts by saying "I can't do this anymore." This is the statement of 1 John 1:9. Because we were born sinners; if our fundamental sin is forgiven then all sins are automatically forgiven.
  Friends, when the authorities pardons a spy who gives himself up, do they say, "We will forgive you for being a spy, but we can not forgive you for spying out the land." or "We can forgive you as a spy but not for trying to kill our President."? When the spy is forgiven, he is forgiven not only for what he has done but for what he was planning to do.
  Therefore, in the verse, 1 John 1:9,
  "If we confess our sins ..."
   these words mean that we should kneel saying, "Lord, although I tried, it would not work because I am fundamentally a sinner. Please, save me, Lord." Then all the sins will be forgiven by the Lord. Because many people don't know this, they misunderstand the Bible and just repent without any knowledge of the Bible. Some people have written down their sins in a notebook and have burnt it because they do not know what to do with their sins. Where in the Bible does it say that all sins shall be cleansed if you burn a paper listing the sins?
  People are interested if someone says that he can forgive sins, because they want to be cleansed from their sins. Nowadays many religious leaders are making fools of believers in this matter of cleansing sins. Leaders of the ancient Roman Catholic Church have left their mark in history. We well know about the exemption tickets for people who wanted to be cleansed from their sins, and that the leaders fooled them into buying those tickets by saying, "If you buy these exemption tickets, you may go to Heaven." They did not know how their sins could be cleansed. Likewise, these days many people just want to believe God without the knowledge of what He tells them to do in the Bible.
  My beloved friends! I do not know how long you have been attending your church, but do you know exactly how to be cleansed of your sins? Do you know how to cleanse your sins as white as snow? It is not just believing Jesus vaguely, and expecting that your sins will be cleansed. Sins must be cleansed completely and properly.
  "Happy day! Happy day! When Jesus washed my sins away!" Just like this hymn, you must have this specific day in your life; the day of redemption. You do need to have this day. If you do not have this particular day, the Holy Spirit can not come into your heart, because your sins come between you and God. Because you do not have God's Holy Spirit in your heart, your Christian life will be hard to manage even when you try your best. If you work hard on your Christian life, it seems to be working out very well. But if you don't try hard, then it doesn't seem to be working well, because you don't have the Helper, the Holy Spirit in you.
  Well, I used to be like that and suffered from sins, but I had my sins forgiven forever in 1962 by the grace of Jesus. Since then, Jesus has been with me. My mind has been changed so many times, and I had lost the faith and fallen many times, but Jesus has been so faithful to me and has never left me, therefore, I am happier as life goes on. Now Jesus lives in me. I am a person who naturally sins, but since I have entrusted myself to the Lord Jesus, He takes care of my sin.
  I have a son who is in sixth grade. My son always wanted to help me with my work. Last winter we had a lot of snow, so I had to put snow tires on my car. I asked my son to change the tires.
  "Son, could you change the tires on my car?" I asked.
  "OK! Dad." He said.
  I helped him tighten the bolts, but he did the rest very well. Maybe, he thought that he could drive too because he knew how to change the tires. He asked me to allow him to drive.
  "Dad! Can I drive the car just once, please?" He asked.
  "No!" I said.
  "Dad! Just once, please ..." He asked again.
  I really felt like taking him to a big open area to let him drive the car. My son thought it was easy to drive a car because I drove a car easily. He thought that he could drive, but I knew that he could not drive, therefore I could not allow him to drive.
  We really do not know ourselves; so even when we try not to commit sins, we thinks it's possible. Friends, the only way to overcome sin is that you just simply surrender yourself to sins. Then you will be victorious. Jesus can not help a person who tries hard to fight his sins, but He will help a person who repents that he can not beat the sins. Accordingly, you should surrender yourself to sins. Whoever wants to win, shall lose; whoever wants to lose, shall win. It's more of a blessing to give than it is to receive. "He that finds his life shall lose it; and he that loses his life for My sake, shall find it." This is God's way.
  Anyhow, I have so many things to tell you but time goes by quickly so whenever I talk about the Bible. Let me talk just a little bit more.
  There was a certain chief in Africa. One day, he was passing by a village, and he saw some children playing with a leopard.
  "Children! What is that?" he asked surprisingly.
  "Oh! This is a baby leopard. My dad caught it in the jungle." A boy replied proudly.
  "No! Children! Do not play with the leopard." He said very sharply.
  "But this one is different from the others." They said.
  "How is it different?" He asked curiously.
  "It has been fed only soups."
  "We never fed it any meat at all."
  "Therefore, it is very gentle and tender." They replied with confidence.
  "No! Children! Now it may be gentle, but when it grows up, it will be changed. A leopard is a leopard. Get rid of the leopard. It must be killed." The chief shouted.
  "But, Sir! This leopard is so gentle, look!" They begged.
  Because they had begged insistently he let them keep it. It grew to full size eating only soups. Because it had grown up without any meat, it was as gentle as a sheep. They ran with it, they rode on it and they went into the jungle with it. Because they went to the jungle with the leopard, they were never scared at all. "What a good more it is to keep it! I don't know why the chief was so mad at us because of the leopard. It's so gentle. He didn't know that if we don't feed it meat, there shouldn't be any problem." They said each other with pride.
  It developed into a full grown male. One day, as usual, they went into the jungle with the leopard. Three boys went with it. Suddenly, one of them fell from a cliff screaming. The two other boys ran after him along the path, but the leopard jumped down into the valley where the boy was. When the leopard saw the boy laying on the ground bleeding, it just simply licked his blood to clean his wound. After the first and then the second lick of blood, it began to suck his blood rapidly. And suddenly, the color of its eyes changed. Then, with its sharp claws, the leopard tore the boy's chest and ate him. It also ate the other two boys when they came down to their friend. The leopard was truly a leopard. It seemed to be as tender as a sheep, but it could not cast out the leopard's nature. It could be hidden, but it was revealed in the end.
  Friends! You, folks, seem to be very good natured people, and you seem to be so holy and so well-mannered. But we, all, have a sinful nature in our hearts. The Lord says that our sinful nature which is hidden in us has to be cut off instead of dealing with the results of sins like stealing or lying. He says that you must be free from this sinful nature. Jesus came to not only cleanse your sins but to free you from the sinful nature. Jesus was nailed to the cross to set us free from sin. Jesus gave His blood to set us free from sin.
  If you say that you believe but you are still not free from sin, then, you are still a slave of the sins. You still have to fight against sin. You still have to suffer because of sin.
  "Hear ye the word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord, Tomorrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria." (2 Kings 7:1).
  The servant of God said. But the officer of the king said to the servant of God, "Ha! Ha! Don't make me laugh. Even though the Lord would make windows in heaven, how could it be. We, all die in the starvation of famines. How could it change in one day?"
  "Thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof."
  The servant of God said.
  Friends, I'd like to conclude with saying: Please pay a little more attention to this. There is the certain way that your heart should be, if you want to change your life, if you want to clean your heart, or if you want to be born again. What do you comprehend when you hear the words of God? "Tomorrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria." When the officer heard that, it didn't make any sense, out of the question, impossible, and a farfetched story which he could not believe. Because God is almighty and full of wisdom, we can not understand Him at all.
  Jesus did not tell us things which are pleasing to the ears. As a pastor I am embarrassed with my sermons because many people accept what I say without any kind of hesitation. None accepted the sermons of Jesus without hesitation. People who heard the preachings of Jesus became furious and they could not control their anger, so they decided to kill Him.
  One day, Jesus went to Capernaum and preached the words of God. And men who heard it suddenly stood up and grabbed Him by the throat and led Him to a cliff to throw Him down (Luke 4:29). One day, when the servant of God, Stephen, was preaching the gospel, people who heard it, could not bear it because the words of God from Stephen pierced their heart. So they covered their ears and threw the dust into the air, and then, stoned him to death saying, "This man must die" (Acts 7).
  Similarily, the same thing happened to Paul, an apostle of Jesus. The true words of God conflict with our thoughts in many ways. We have the heart to accept the aspects we agree with, for they suits our thoughts and our understanding, but we do not accept the parts which do not agree with our thoughts and with our opinions.
  Therefore, even though we hear a sermon, we think;
  'That's right. Very good!' And,
  'Hmmmm ... That's not right! How can he say such a thing!'
  Likewise, we only accept what we agree with. That's why God's words cannot work in us.
  God's wisdom is beyond human wisdom. The power of God is beyond our ability. God's thoughts are beyond our thoughts. Because a thing that comes from God does not mean it is of this world. Things from the world are totally different from the things of God. Therefore, they are too much for us to perceive or understand. Because of that, we say, "If the Lord would make windows in heaven, could such a thing be?"
  I am speaking to you now. If I say something which agrees with your thoughts, you all say,
  "Right! Yes! What Pastor Park says is right. He preaches such a gracious sermon."
  But if it's not in accord with your heart, you all say,
  "Well! Even though God says ... I'll ... "
  "God says that, but ..."
  Wouldn't you agree?
  God can't perform His work in you, because you can not accept the words of God for your heart does not agree with them.
  Now, there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate. The officer did not believe when God's words said, "About this time tomorrow, there will be plenty of food." Why should God choose those four lepers? Because they were the people without any hope. Jesus is our hope. More specifically, He is actually hope for hopeless people. If someone has hope of his own, Jesus can not be his hope. If someone has happiness of his own, believing Jesus can not be his happiness. If someone has joy of his own, Jesus cannot be his joy. Jesus is the hope for the hopeless; Jesus is the comfort for people who sorrow; and Jesus is the one who set the captive free. He is Almighty one.
  Why did God use those four lepers to rescue the city of Samaria? The four lepers were totally hopeless people. I believe that those who think they are doing well in their religious lives will not receive salvation. Rather, those who think they are not doing well and say, "I can't escape from destruction, or the power of the sinful nature" shall receive their salvation.
  If the boy could get down from the top of the mast, his father would not have shown him what to do. When he lost all his will, all his power, even his wisdom, and he was hopeless, his father saved him using his way. "Now, throw yourself! And jump into the ocean!" This was the father's method while the boy was hanging tightly onto the mast. The father's way was to make him jump. There was a contrast between the son's way and the father's way. Throw your methods away. And take Jesus' way. If you do, then you will be filled with the Holy Spirit.
  I once had an evangelical meeting in a leper's colony called 'Yuhsoo-Aaeyang-Won'. Pastor Yang Won Sohn used to minister there. During the Korean war, a communist killed Rev. Sohn's son. But even though, he killed his only son, Rev. Sohn rescued the murderer from being executed by petitioning a pardon; and adopted him as his own son. Like a saint, Rev. Shon established a leper's colony and he personally sucked the pus (of lepers) out with his own mouth and took very good care of them.
  While I was there, many people came to hear the gospel to be cleansed of their sins. They were lepers, who had fallen into sin even before the leprosy appeared. After the sermon, we invited them to come and be cleansed. "Whoever wants to be cleansed of their sin, come forward." Several hundreds of people lifted their hands and came forward that night. Many were cleansed of their sins and they shed tears of happiness. When I saw that my heart was filled with joy.
  Jesus came to free us from sins. Jesus does not want to make us just church members. Jesus did not come to make us baptized Christians. He did not come to make us deacons, or elders. Jesus came to set us free from our sins forever. Only those people who are freed from sin can come before the Lord righteously.
  The four lepers had no way to live, so they discussed the way to survive.
  "If we remain here, we're just waiting for death."
  "There is not enough food to keep us alive."
  The first leper said in anger,
  "Even the people of the city are dying of hunger, so we have no hope."
  "How can they give us food when they are eating their own children."
  The third one said,
  "Well, I can not remember when I had my last meal. It was a long time ago." The last one replied,
  "Before I became a leper, I used to be a farmer."
  "I used to harvest sweet potatoes from my farm in the fall, and we threshed grains and cooked steamed rice to eat. Those were good times ..."
  "Hey! Stop talking about eating. I'm getting hungrier." One of them yelled.
  They complained about their hard life. They were just waiting for death. Suddenly, a leper among them said,
  "Hey! Listen! We cannot sit here and wait for death. Let's look for a way to survive? Let's find a way to stay alive."
  "What shall we do?" They asked one another.
  "How many options do we have? None."
  "We have no place to go, why don't we just go to the Syrians and surrender ourselves?"
  "No! Not that. How could we surrender ourselves to our enemies?"
  That's a horrible idea. However, in order to surrender oneself, one must change one's mind first. To give up means to throw away one's thoughts; change one's direction.
  Because their way was not working out, they decided on a different method, at the risk of their lives. God is looking for men like these four lepers. If you are searching for God in your own way, you'll fail. That's when you should find a new way.
  These lepers tried something they had never tried before. They thought it might be dangerous, but it was better than dying from starvation. So, they went to their enemies with the hope that they might be spared, and God blessed their way.
  Listen! You don't sit down under an apple tree, and open your mouth till an apple falls into your mouth. Instead you say,
  "Oh, Lord, I am surely a sinner who can only be condemned. Please open your way for me."
  Friends, you dispaly a heart of one who can be cleansed. "I cast out my ways and my methods. I want to walk in a new way which God has provided for me. I turn my steps in a new direction." When the multitude came to Jesus, they renewed their minds; Zacchaeus, the adulterous woman, and the Samaritan woman renewed their minds. On the contrary, people who did not change their minds when they heard Jesus, were against Jesus and condemned Him. Friends, don't just try to be a 'good' person in the church. First, change your heart. If you don't cast your thoughts out and change your mind, you will just be a churchgoer.
  In 2 Kings chapter 5, Naaman, commander of the army of the Syrian king, came to Elisha to be healed of his leprosy, but Elisha said, "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times." Naaman got angry. "I am a commander of the army, indeed. I thought that Elisha would stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy. What? Go and wash in the Jordan seven times!" Naaman was angry that he wanted to go back. If one doesn't throw away one's thought, one will always be like Naaman in 2 Kings 5:11.
  Among the multitude who came before Jesus, many left Him in agony. Some people left Him with resentment, and some rebelled against Jesus. This was because they did not desert their methods.
  These four lepers abandoned their thoughts and their ways, and stepped into a new direction. Because they had suffered from starvation, and sickness, they were ill sticken; their fingers and toes were falling off and their bodies were in terrible condition. As they tumbled over stones and bushes, on their way to the Syrian camp, they said to one another,
  "I can't make it. I can't take another step because of the pain in my legs. Alas! I wish I could eat some food even if it were in dream ... Go, my friends, go and eat heartily before you die."
  "No, we're friends. Let's go together, stand up!"
  "Don't, you'll get tired too quickly if you help me."
  "No! My friend, we shall live together, and die together."
  "I have no hope."
  "No, no. Although we will die soon, let's hope for some food and die over there."
  One step at a time they headed towards the Syrian troops. They fell and dragged their legs into the Syrian camp. And God performed a miracle. The sound of the lepers falling and dragging their legs was greatly magnified, its sound effects was like the techniques used at a broadcasting station. And the sound was heard to the Syrian soldiers as the sounds of a great number of soldiers with horses and chariots with swinging spears coming after them. What about you? Throw away your own thoughts, throw away your own methods and throw away your will and then, step toward the Lord. God will work through your steps even though you are tired, falling, and staggering; God's mighty powers will be revealed in the midst of your walk.
  My beloved friends in Pusan, if you step forward toward God without your own will, I strongly believe that the Holy Spirit shall perform His work in you. Please get rid of your self-assertion, cast your own thoughts out. Everyone must deny oneself before the Lord. Throw away your self-confidence and your titles; deacon, elder, or even pastor. Deny, thoughts like "I'm a baptized Christian." or "I am born into a Christian family." Deny all of these and abase yourself to a lower position, crying to God, "I'm a sinner deserving of death. Save me Lord, please!"
  I hope that you don't act like a person who thinks he has no sin. Even though you have not sinned yet, you're not free from sin. Sooner or later, when it has a chance, sin will come out from your heart. Just as Pastor Yang mentioned that he thought he was a faithful Christian when he was attending a theological college. But when he became a military service person, sins automatically came out of him to testify that he was a sinner. Yes, it's true! When the time comes, sins will appear.
  Friends, I wish all of you would turn towards Jesus. Even if you are in the situation of falling and slipping, eternal life is waiting for you, and there are plenty of food and spiritual garments for you, if you move toward God. The four lepers could not just stay there quietly after tasting the food, they went out to preach the gospel to those who had called them 'lepers', to those who had despised them, and to those who had cast them out from the city.
  My beloved friends, I had a very hard time when I started a church long ago. I built the church in Taegu and began to preach. At that time, I was so poor, starved and had many hardships. Do you know how I overcome those situation? I did not care about anything else, except preaching the gospel. I asked one by one who came to my church as follows:
  "Have you really been cleansed of your sins? Is your sin coming between you and God?
  "Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear" (Isaiah 59:1-2)
   The Bible says. Did you break the wall of iniquities between you and God?"
  Of course, my church members did not like to hear this.
  "Pastor Park, why do you keep asking the same question?"
  Some people were against my asking. And some would say, "I am not yet cleansed of my sins. And I have so many sins." I preached the gospel to people who were serious about cleansing their sins. King David cleansed his sins this way after he had sinned with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah. And how did Daniel clean the sins of the Israelites? In what manner? ... The Bible shows us the way to cleanse all sins and all iniquities step by step.
  I searched for the ways of cleansing sins from Genesis to Revelation. The stories of healing lepers represent forgiveness of sin. God wants to teach us how to be cleansed of our sins. That's why He tells us how Naaman, the commander, was cleansed from leprosy. When I examine the way of cleansing sins in the Bible, people have received the forgiveness of sins when they have humbled themselves. Although I suffered from starvation and hardship, I was able to overcome them with joy when I thought about the folks at church who were born again and filled with the Holy Spirit.
  Let's say you are a patient in a hospital with appendicitis, and your doctor examines you and gives you a pepsin with an anodyne, then is he a good doctor? Basically, appendicitis must be operated on. Likewise, your sins must be operated on and removed. I don't think you have had many chances of hearing the gospel like this in your lifetime.
  I have been preaching the gospel of Jesus in many conferences both small and big. I do not want you to go home without anything. Are you a baptized Christian? Are you a deacon? Are you an elder? Are you a member of the church choir? Are you a Sunday school teacher? You may have any one of these titles, yet if you don't have the forgiveness of sins, if you are not free from sins, you have nothing to do with God.
  In the last days, many people will come before Jesus and say, as it is stated in Matthew 7:22-23,
  "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
  Your good deeds will mean nothing. However, if you have the forgiveness of sins, Jesus will come into your heart. Then, your life will be changed. There is a person in our church who used to gamble for a long time. He was crazed about gambling and he could not stop. He tried very hard not to gamble again, but he could not stop. But after he heard the gospel in our church, he was cleansed of all his sins. Then automatically he was freed from a life of gambling. What happened to him? Jesus is not a gambler and since He lived in the man's heart, the gambler's mind has been automatically changed. Do you think Jesus departs from the heart of the gambler? Never! The nature of gambling is abandoned away.
  There was once a woman who despised her mother-in-law, but when she received the forgiveness of sins, her hatred fled from her. Why was that? Because in Jesus, there is no hatred at all. That is why the nature of hatred fled from her.
  If you receive the forgiveness of your sins and Jesus comes into your heart, then all iniquities will flee from you. You will surely be changed. When Jesus comes into your heart, you need not put in an effort not to sin, but you'll be automatically changed. Therefore, I really want you to be cleansed of your sins. Jesus will come into your heart when you truly receive the forgiveness of sin. Some people try through their own efforts, shouting and crying in their prayers, "Come, Holy Spirit!" This will not work. The Holy Spirit wants to be in your heart; If you solve your problems of sins, you will be filled with the Holy Spirit. We have seen many people who were cleansed of their sins and who have changed.
  My beloved friends, I surely want everyone of you to be cleansed of your sins during this conference.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  2. Jacob And Esau
  
  
  "And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I. And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death: Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison; And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die. And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it. And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying, Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the Lord before my death. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee. Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth: And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death. And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man: My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing. And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them. And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as his father loved. And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son: And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck: And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob. And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I; who art thou, my son? And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy firstborn; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me. And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the Lord thy God brought it to me. And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not. And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands: so he blessed him" (Genesis 27:1-23).
  Some people complained last night that I talked about things other than redemption. However, I did talk about it and I am going to talk about it today also. What I want you to realize is that God's ideas or thoughts are totally different from ours. It is not easy to comprehend what He says about everything, including what we are wrestling with now. I believe that it is necessary to plough the dry field your hearts, before I sow the seeds of the gospel.
  One of the sisters in our church who lives some distance away invited me to her house. Since I had never been to her home, we decided to meet at Gabong subway station at five o'clock one day. I barely got there on time. But when I arrived she was not there. It was getting irritating for me to wait for her as time passed, five minutes, ten minutes, then twenty minutes. When I was about to leave and got in my car, I saw her running in my direction, out of breath. She said she had been waiting for me since twenty minutes before five on the sidewalk by the boulevard. She was certain that I would take that road to come to the station. But I used another street, so she didn't see me.
  The same principle applies to faith. When we add something which we agree with, on top of God's words, it's like waiting for God in the wrong place.
  The life of a pastor is so simple. I get up early in the morning to pray, have breakfast, read the Bible, eat lunch, visit people, preach in the evening, and go to bed. Nothing special. Therefore, whenever I have any leisure time, I read the Bible. One day while reading the Bible, I got bored, and began looking in the Bible to find where it says we can meet God.
  Judas Iscariot knew where Jesus Christ was. He knew Jesus was at Gethsemane. But Judas went there for an absurd reason.
  Anyway, I finally found out the place where God wants to meet us, in Exodus 25. The place is no where else, but at the 'mercy seat'. I checked from Genesis through Revelation to find out the place where God promised to meet people. But the 'mercy seat' in Exodus 25 was the only place He mentioned. The 'mercy seat' is the place where our sins were forgiven. It is very important to figure out the message in the verses we've read today.
  You know Isaac, don't you? He is the son of Abraham. Isaac had two sons, Esau and Jacob. Esau, the older one, was a hunter who was hairy from his head to his toes. Jacob, the younger one, on the other hand, was smooth-skinned. It came to pass that Isaac was so old and his eyes were so dim, that he knew it was almost time for him to die. So he called Esau, and said,
  "I am old, I know not the day of my death: Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison; And make me savory meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul bless thee before I die" (Genesis 27:2-4).
  As soon as Isaac had finished, Esau ran out to the field to hunt game. But like the old saying that history is made in a night and women are always behind it, Rebekah, the wife of Isaac and mother of Esau and Jacob, eavesdropped and heard what Isaac had said to his older son. And she said to her younger son, Jacob, "Your father spoke to Esau saying, 'Bring me game and make savory food for me, that I may eat it and bless you in the presence of the Lord before my death.' Go quickly and take a goat, and I will make savory food from it. And then, you take the food to him and pretend to be Esau. You will be blessed." Jacob was worried, and said, "I cannot do that. Esau is a hairy man, and I am a smooth-skinned man. He will know me immediately once he touches me. I shall bring a curse on myself and not a blessing."
  What did Rebekah say? "Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, get the goat for me."
  So Jacob went out, got a goat and brought it to his mother. From it his mother made savory food, such as his father loved. And she put the clothes of Esau on Jacob. Jacob then went to Isaac and said, "Father, I am Esau. I made some savory food from the game. Please eat it and bless me."
  Isaac couldn't see clearly, but he felt his son's voice was different. "How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?"
  Jacob answered, "Because the Lord your God brought it to me."
  He still was not sure if he was Esau, and asked him, "Come near to me that I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my son Esau or not."
  Isaac could feel lots of hair on him. So, he ate the savory food made by Rebekah and blessed Jacob.
  Now, Brazil has a river, the Amazon, whose width at the lower part is as wide as 40 kilometers. One day, after a long voyage a small boat entered into the river from the Atlantic Ocean. In the middle of their journey they ran out of water to drink. Everybody in the boat was about to pass out from lack of water. They saw a boat coming towards them from the ocean. When the boat came near, the desperate sailors begged them to sell them some water for it.
  "Please sell 50 gallons of water to us. We will pay as much as you want!"
  They responded, "Why don't you take your buckets, dip the water around you?" Then they passed by. All of the men in the boat became disappointed and discouraged. Finally, one of them ran out of patience, dipped a bucketful of water and began to drink. The experienced sailor beside him tried to stop him.
  "Young man! Don't drink that salty water. It will just make you feel more thirsty."
  But the young man didn't pay any attention to him, he kept on drinking. All of a sudden, he threw away the bucket, and yelled. "It's fresh water! It's fresh water!"
  They were already sailing on the river, but they didn't realize it because the river was too wide, as wide as the sea. They slept on the river and ate on the river but they almost died of thirst on the river.
  This story is a good illustration of the gospel. We are not far from God's blessing. There are many people like the sailors who almost died of thirst on the river, maybe you are like the sailors. Even though Jesus is available to you, the Jesus who forgives our sins and loves to give us His blessing, you cannot enjoy Him because of your ignorance. The reason why you can't receive the blessing He gave you is that you add your own thoughts to His words, like the sister who waited for me in the wrong place.
  Once we add ours to what He said, it becomes a message totally different from the original. You can't meet Him, like the sailors who needed water on the river because your thoughts are just a little bit different from His. The Lord knows this, and He wants to let us understand this through the Bible.
  Once in a while, after reading the Bible, I could not figure out what God's message is to me, although I knew every single line of the Bible was written for me. But, after a long struggle, things became clear to me and I could experience the joy of understanding. It became a blessing for me.
  Both sons wished to be blessed by their father, Isaac. Esau was cursed despite his hard work. Jacob was blessed even after lying. Suppose two men offer tithes, and never fail to go to church on Sunday, and yet one is blessed and the other is cursed, how should we explain this? What must we do to be blessed? How can we escape from being cursed? I believe that God gave us the Bible as a manual of how we can have the Lord's blessing. It all becomes meaningless if we don't understand the spiritual messages in the Bible.
  More than a hundred years have passed since the gospel came to Korea. In the years beforehand, our ancestors didn't believe in God. They worshipped the Dragon King, home guardian gods, and even weird looking rocks. They did it because they didn't know who the true God was.
  But the gospel did eventually come to Korea at the cost of Western missionaries' blood and tears. Koreans were told of Jesus and God. They came to know who created the cosmos. They understood God's greatness, and heard that Jesus loved them. But they didn't know how to worship Him. So, they made a strange religion. They added their own religious traditions to the worship of God. They offered their money, and time; they fasted and prayed all night; they even cried. They didn't understand the proper way to worship the Lord. So they lived as they thought God wished. But God turned His back on them and didn't appreciate it.
  God reveals what kind of person pleases Him through the Bible. He didn't write the Bible because He had nothing else to do. The father, Isaac, in this story, is a shadow of God. And Rebekah is Jesus. Esau is a shadow of the person who does something good to be blessed. On the other hand, Jacob is the one who was blessed through Jesus, even though he didn't do any important works.
  This is the main message of the Bible. If you ate the shell of a nut instead of the nut inside, what would it taste like? The shell would not only taste bad, but hurt your mouth. It's exactly the same with the Bible. It is said that the Bible contains spiritual secrets.
  Esau did as his father asked him to do, didn't he? He made an effort, didn't he? He even suffered. So he got blessed, didn't he? On the contrary, he was cursed. "By thy sword shalt thou live ... "
  Folks, what could be a more dreadful curse than this one. He became a man who was so scared that he couldn't go to bed without his sword at his side. Around him, there is no dew or rain and he is going to reap nothing after working hard in the field.
  Before I understood this spiritual secret, I thought his curse was unreasonable. He was supposed to receive some blessing, not a curse, for his obedience. This teaches us that no matter what we may try to do to obey God's will, we are still subject to condemnation. Why? Simply because we are not able to meet His requirements. We cannot keep His law.
  The younger one, Jacob, was not so good. He wasn't as obedient as his brother, Esau. We can say Jacob was a sinner. Let's say it this way. God loves righteous men, Jesus loves sinners. Make sense? But God hates the man, like Esau, who tries to come to Him with his own effort. He accepts nobody without Jesus.
  Jacob received blessing as much as God could give him. What did Jacob do to be blessed? Did he have to endure hunting? No. He didn't do anything, but came to his father with the food his mother prepared for him. Spiritually speaking, we have to come to God with what Jesus prepared for us, to be blessed. Jacob was worried and asked his mother, "What if I bring a curse on myself, not a blessing?" His mother Rebekah said, "Let the curse be on me."
  Do you remember Jesus promised that He would take all of the curses for us on the cross? Innumerable people don't care what the Bible says and they are doing their best to pray, donate, and live good lives.
  It was several years ago. I was leading an evangelical conference in Mt. Jiri. After the morning sermon, I invited anyone that wanted to talk privately with me about their sin to my tent. A lot of people visited me and many of them were saved. It was almost dinner time when a young woman came to see me. As usual, I asked her to tell me about herself. Then I began to talk about the gospel. I explained how our sins were transferred to Jesus, how our sins were cleansed on the cross, how our sins could be resolved, what we need to do when we disobey the law, and so on. I also mentioned general Naaman and David the king, to explain how they dealt with their sins. I wrapped up the counseling session with a verse from Hebrews,
  "Their sins and iniquities will I remember no more" (Hebrews 10:17).
  As soon as she heard the verse, she burst into tears so loud that everybody nearby could hear her. I was really embarrassed. It took about an hour to stop her from crying. Finally, she stopped and told me her background.
  "Pastor, I lost my mother when I was in junior high school. After that I fought with my step-mother several times and ran away with my tuition for school. I went to a major city, where I became a prostitute for several years. After I had given up all hope for my life and treated myself like trash, one man visited me as a client. He was different from the others. We began to fall in love with each other. I couldn't believe what was happening, I just wished it were not a dream. One day, he asked me not to say anything, just to follow him. From that very day, I became his wife. I couldn't be happier, even though we didn't have a formal wedding ceremony, and his family was very poor. But, unfortunately, we couldn't have a child for two years. To make things worse, somebody noticed that I had been a prostitute, the rumor began to spread around the small town. All of my in-laws turned their backs on me and never talked to me. My house became hell. I couldn't leave because everyone in the town harassed me. Even in church, I sat in the back seat and had to leave before the service was over. I was totally isolated. Then I heard that a conference was to be held here, so I decided to attend with the hope that I could forget my past. I cried with true happiness when I heard the word of God in Hebrews 10, where He said, He won't remember my sin any more. What happiness I now have!"
  By coincidence, I went to her church as a speaker. When I was leaving the church after preaching, a lady caught me by the sleeve. To my surprise, she was the same one who had cried so loudly in my tent the other day. She said her husband came to church for the first time in his whole life. I haven't seen her ever since. I don't even know her name.
  I believe that she now lives a happy life even though she has nothing to take pride in, because Jesus washed away her sin and made her white as snow. The same is true for sinners like the woman who was caught in adultery or the tax collector that lived when Jesus was on earth. They didn't do anything special, nor did they try to cleanse their sins. Jesus came to them and did everything which was necessary.
  Now folks, which group do you belong to? I don't mean we can just become lazy and do nothing. Just put aside your thoughts, and listen to me.
  Why was Esau cursed? He tried to do as God asked. He made every effort to be as his father wanted. But the result was condemnation. When we try to live obeying the laws in the Bible, the only thing we are going to earn is condemnation. Why? Because we don't have the ability to do as the Bible requires.
  What's Jesus for if we can live as the Bible wants? Now the mother, Rebekah, is the shadow of Jesus. She did everything necessary for her son to be blessed, who was a sinner and a trouble-maker. Was there anything done by the son? Who planned for the blessing from beginning to end? Mother did. Who executed the plan? Mother did. The son was scared. But Rebekah had him blessed. She made the savory food herself. She wanted the curse placed on her.
  There are two kinds of faith. Some try to do their best to follow as God orders. The others, in the meantime, recognize their abilities and give up their own efforts. They ask and rely on Jesus, so He can perfect them. They don't have to add their efforts and sufferings to His work. Most Christians say, "I cannot do anything without Jesus. He has to do everything for me."
  But actually they try to do some good works themselves and fall down continuously. In other words, their lives become a series of failures. When they hear gracious preaching, when they pray zealously, or when they speak in tongues, they believe that their faith is really good. As you have seen, their faith cannot last more than several days. Every New Year day, they make strong resolutions. They pray and decide to make a good fresh start for the coming year. Some of their resolutions last three weeks, three days, or only three hours. We have to take it for granted that our own efforts will fail. God sent us Jesus for this very reason.
  Let me ask you. As of today, are you a Jacob or an Esau? From man's view point, Esau looks much nicer and more sincere than Jacob. However, when we think there is something good within us, we cannot accept the belief that we need Jesus wholeheartedly.
  What I have in my right hand is an empty cup. In my left hand is a cup full of water. Can anyone pour water into the cup that is full already? How about into this empty one? What is the difference between these two cups? Only when your hearts are empty can His grace be in you, folks! What about when you are full of good works you did for God? 'I was a Christian from my mother's womb.' 'I have been the most important church member since our church began. I sold all my properties to buy the church building.' 'I am the man who runs the orphanage.' 'Do you know how many poor people I helped out?' There cannot be any space for Jesus in their hearts.
  Esau was a faithful son and he always made his father happy. But he received the curse. Jacob, on the contrary, was weak. He had nothing to show off to his father. He had to totally depend on his mother. He came to his father with the food made by his mother. There are two kinds of believers; the ones who rely on their own works; and the others who know there is nothing good in themselves come to Jesus and rely on Him completely.
  Let me give you a check-up on your faith, like the one you have for your body at the hospital. Suppose you come to church for service one Sunday. You did lots of good works and prayed for a long time before you came to church, and you didn't forget to bring your tithe with you. How would you feel about yourself during that worship service? Great, proud, comfortable ... A few days later, you come to church again. However, you had a few words with your wife and a dispute with your neighbors before you came to church. Furthermore, you didn't bring your tithe. Now, how would you feel about yourself and your faith? During that service, you would feel very small and you cannot pray with ease. Isn't this how your faith works?
  So, how do you come to God with a clear conscience? Because of your good works? When you feel uneasy before God, what causes it? Isn't that the evidence of your unfaithfulness to Jesus? By relying on your own works, you feel good about your good deeds, and feel bad about your mistakes or wrong behavior.
  Lots of Christians say, "Pastor, what are you talking about? How can we rely on our works? We don't have any power. We just wait for grace from Jesus." They talk like that with their mouths, but they, in fact, come to God with their good works.
  "Let's see how they read the Bible. "David confronted Goliath with boldness. We must have the same boldness. Joseph never gave up his faith even in the prison. So we should not give up either. She met Jesus in a very difficult situation. So should we. We must love others. We must do something ..."
  The Bible doesn't teach it does this, even though many religious people believe so. The Bible wants us to understand that we are not able to come to God by our good works (this doesn't even exist according to the Bible). We must go through Jesus to come to God. Anyone who believes he can do something, doesn't need Jesus.
  One day Jesus preached about the prayers of a tax colletor and a Pharisee. The tax collector prayed, "Lord! Please have mercy on me. I am a sinner." He didn't list the sins he committed, but he confessed that he was just a sinner. How about the Pharisee? He talked a long while about the good works he had done. That's why the Lord couldn't give him righteousness. The Pharisee couldn't receive it, because he thought he had it already. The tax collector came as a sinner, and went home being righteous. The Pharisee came to Jesus with his own righteousness, but went away a sinner. That is what the Bible teaches.
  Going back to Jacob and Esau. There was one condition to fulfill before Jacob came to his father to be blessed. He had to come to Isaac with his body covered up. What if he hadn't wrapped up his body? He could have been cursed. He was blessed because he hid himself.
  This conference cost us tons of money. I don't know how the needed funds were raised, but lots of people must have offered much to cover all of the expenses. All of the expenses for things like TV advertisements, fliers, posters, and banners were paid for by someone. People donated a good amount of money anonymously. That kind of offering is different from the worldly one.
  When we keep ourselves hidden, we are to be blessed. Unfortunately, many of us are good at showing off ourselves. We make public in church who gave an offering, who bought a piano or who donated a pulpit. What we have to make clear is how wicked we are, not how good we are!
  My pictures were put on TV and in fliers. Is it possible to put only the nice looking portion of my face there? No, all of my face will be shown whether I am handsome or ugly. When you want to donate a piano, or a pulpit, don't mention your name. Just do it in the name of Jesus. Cover up yourself completely. Otherwise, it cannot please the Lord. In many Korean churches, pastors announce it in the services.
  "Elder Kim offered $5,000 because the Lord allowed him to open a new business on such and such a street."
  "Brother Park offered $10,000. He thanks God for allowing his son to be a doctor."
  Two birds with one stone: an offering and an advertisement, or giving an offering and bragging about his great son. How abominable these should be to the Lord! When you offer something, don't try to make yourselves known to others directly or indirectly. Just do it to glorify God. These days, in churches, man runs wild too much. There's no room for God to work for man.
  Dear folks, throw away any deeds or good works you think you did! You must cover yourselves. Jacob got blessed because he hid himself. Isaac touched Jacob and he felt the hairy goat skin which covered Jacob's body, which made him believe it was Esau. Likewise, we must wrap ourselves up with the precious blood of Jesus. We have nothing to show off in the presence of God except Jesus.
  Let's take a look at the people of Israel when Jesus was in the world. The people who helped the poor blew trumpets in the streets. The Lord said they received their rewards from this world already. Many people prayed, in the busy streets, to be seen by others. Jesus said God would not receive those prayers. Man should be hidden from beginning to end. Man shouldn't have anything to boast about before God.
  Why are some people condemned? Because they have arrogant minds like the one of Esau; 'Jacob, he is less skillful than me in hunting.' What good was the excellent hunting skill of Esau? His competitor, Jacob got a goat from his back yard. It goes without saying that Jacob was far quicker than Esau. Furthermore, he came to his father in his brother's name. Folks, whose name are we to use when we come to God? The name of Jesus! Our eldest brother, God's Son, Jesus! We must come to God in Jesus' name.
  I will give you some examples of unacceptable prayers; 'Lord, I sacrificed for you as much as I could. Please, accept me. No other man has been praying as sincerely as I. Please, receive me.' But, what about this one? 'Yes, I also offered a little bit, but I don't ever think it is something that I can be proud of. Everything in my heart is just a bunch of rubbish. I can imagine how You feel about it. I know myself better than anybody else; I am really dirty, wicked, and abominable. Lord, please, don't think of what I did, but think of what Jesus did, and receive me. I tried many times to be righteous, but now I have given up. Please, take what Jesus did for me and accept me.'
  This is true faith. So many people say they are Christians, but they believe they have something attractive and believe in themselves. 'If I resolve to do good deeds, or if I work a little more, the Lord will be pleased.' That way of thinking is dead wrong. Whatever we do doesn't make any difference. We deserve destruction. We have to recognize that we should totally depend on Jesus.
  Let's suppose a young man came to me to borrow $10,000. I don't want to lend him the money, so I say I don't have any money to lend. If he knew of another person to ask, he would say, "Never mind, I will go to another person." He will not cling to me, instead he will go away. What if he has no one else to go to? I am sure that he won't ever leave until he gets the money he needs. That's the same way we should receive grace from Jesus. Any one who thinks he can do good works for himself, cannot rely on Jesus fully. The one who comes to the conclusion that he is not able to do anything, who understands he cannot believe in himself, relies on Jesus with all of his heart; He is ready for receiving redemption.
  After preaching, I usually talk to several people as a group during the invitation hour. When I explain the gospel to each of them, some of them get saved and shout, "Hallelujah."
  Last night, a young woman asked me to explain the gospel in detail to her. Several more people joined our conversation and I talked to them about how Jesus cleansed our sins as white as snow, how our sins were transferred to Him, how our sins were forgiven, and how the everlasting sacrifice was offered. As I finished, some nodded and the others were overjoyed. I was so happy that I couldn't sleep that night. I don't know how to thank God for allowing me to lead dying souls to everlasting life. That's why I am testifying about Jesus so vehemently.
  Dear folks, when you believe in your hearts that you have no hope, you have nothing but evil, and you are good at nothing, you are ready to get saved. Some people think they are good in some aspects, although they are bad once in a while. And some think they are much better than the others. These kinds of people are like those who killed Jesus. They couldn't accept Him. They couldn't depend on Him.
  Jacob came to his father by the help of his mother because he knew Isaac didn't want him. In the mean time, Esau believed that he had enough in power himself, and so, he didn't have to go to his mother. The result was, as you read, only a curse.
  The Bible was written to teach us what our hearts should be like in order to be blessed of God. We can find lots of parables in the Bible. They are not there just to make the Bible thick and look dignified. In one verse after another, God shows us His earnest wish for us to figure out His will. It's very heart-breaking for the Lord to see that man just tries to do good works without understanding His message. Lots of people simply don't know what He wants. I know you have a lot of excellent pastors around you.
  I was not a great man, and I didn't have a doctorate degree from a top grade university; I was just a real wicked man. When I recognized I was the worst kind of sinner who had to be destroyed, I could come to receive the secret of the precious blood of Jesus. The Lord washed all my sin from head to toe. Once I was saved from my dirty sin Jesus came into me, I was totally changed. He has been holding me up until now. I can be a good believer not because I am strong, but because Jesus gives me the power to overcome sin. I myself have nothing. I am the man who would go into a filthy mire at any moment if Jesus released me. You don't have to shout that you are an unclean man, but you must be willing to say to yourself, 'Yes, I am a really unclean and wicked man.' Throw away the idea of, 'But, sometimes I also have a good idea.' Jesus can save you only when you have the heart that says, 'I deserve death', 'I can do nothing, and only Jesus can help me out.'
  Jacob did nothing. What did the woman who got caught in the very act of adultery do to be judged not guilty? What did the robber on the cross do to go to paradise? They just realized that they were to be cursed and put to death. Jesus comes to these kinds of desperate people. Are you a choir member? Are you a Sunday school teacher? Are you a baptized Christian? Are you an elder in your church? Thoughts, like 'I am good sometimes' or 'I do good works once in a while', are thoughts leading to one's condemnation. I am sure the Lord will come into you when you say in your hearts, 'Lord, please have mercy on me. I am just a wicked sinner who deserves to die.'
  These then, are the hidden messages from the lives of Jacob and Esau. If we lick just the rind of a watermelon, or eat the shell of a nut, how can we taste the delicious part? When you understand the secrets hidden in the Bible, your lives will be blessed.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  3. Woman Caught In Adultery
  
  
  "Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more" (John 8:1-11).
  I am talking about being redeemed from sin. Since this topic is far from your normal reasoning, I want you to open your hearts wide. I am not a good speaker, but listening to the word carefully will clean all your sins, because the Bible clearly testifies and the Holy Spirit works. Folks, once you are redeemed and receive the Lord into your heart, I am sure, we will meet again in the everlasting kingdom.
  At the last spring conference, a lot of people were saved from their sins. I joked at the end of that conference, saying that if any of you arrive in heaven before us, don't go through the gate, but wait for us at the South central gate. As I humored myself, they shouted "Hallelujah". You don't seem too pleased with my suggestion because I don't think you are ready for heaven yet. During this meeting, I hope you can be released from the sin which torments you and discourages you from going out to God, so we can meet at the gate. I already made an appointment with the other brothers and it is not possible to change. I wish we can meet there so we can live together forever.
  You may have the same problem as I had. A lot of doubts came to me when I read the Bible. It was extremely hard for me to live as a true believer, not just as a churchgoer. What was the biggest problem? It was sin. What is on the theme of my message to you? 'The Secret of Forgiveness of Sin and Being Born Again', isn't it? We cannot stand before God with our sin. I used to really have a lot of questions about the matter of redemption. I heard many pastors preach that a churchgoer means a paradise goer. They said that, since everyone who attends church is a believer, everyone of them can go to heaven. And sometimes they said something else. So I was confused and thought, 'Who in the world can go to heaven?' Matthew 7:21
  "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;"
  made me believe that heaven is not for a believer like me. Another concern I had was this: I heard and read that Jesus died on the cross to sanctify my sin, but I was not sure if all my sins were cleansed as white as snow. Come to think of it, I had a lot of sins in me. I really wanted to know how to get cleansed of my sin. Fortunately, God called me, and made my heart open upto Him so that I had a chance to communicate with Him regarding my sin.
  I especially thank God that in the Bible I could find the Lord talking with individuals, not just with crowds of people. Nicodemus in John chapter 3, a woman of Samaria in John chapter 4, a man with an infirmity for 38 years in John chapter 5, and a woman caught in adultery in John chapter 8. Many times, Jesus would have quiet discussions with his disciples after preaching to a large number of people. Similarily, we invite you to talk individually with one of our pastors.
  I have heard many sermons on John chapter 8 and I too have preached it many many times. We find here some facts we don't know, though. 'Where is the man who was with the woman?' Maybe he ran away before they caught him. 'Why did they drag her to Jesus?' 'What did Jesus write on the ground?' When we read the Bible, we have many doubts and questions. I don't think this is bad, because it is impossible to believe without understanding. Some people yell, "Believe, believe without thinking", but I know what they are saying is against their hearts. We cannot force anybody to believe something against their will. That is unreasonable.
  I read a newspaper sometime ago. Before the Asian Olympic Games, bright street lights were turned on along Airport Highways all night. The farmers around the airport discovered something odd about their rice. The rice had flowers, but didn't bear any kernals. The strange thing was that it happened only in the area underneath the bright lights. The farmers sued the government agency. The government consulted with an agricultural specialist confident that it wasn't their fault. To their surprise, the specialists told them that rice needs enough rest also. When it develops, a lot of light is needed; however, it needs rest when it comes time to bear kernals. They turned off the lights after midnight as soon as they understood this fact.
  They say that some U.S. scientists can put up a huge mirror in space to reflect the sunlight and make the night of a given city as bright as daylight. The reason why they dare not do this is that it might destroy the ecology and produce a disaster.
  Folks! Our faith is like that. We can not coerce anybody to believe. Some people yell, "I believe Lord!" because they yearn to, but they can not. Belief should be as smooth as water flowing down a stream. Trying to believe means you cannot do it yet. I believe my wife, but I have never said to my wife "I believe you." There is nothing more humorous to me than to say to my wife "I believe you my darling wife" every single day. For that is not trust. Belief must be natural and automatic.
  What is your problem? You know Jesus died on the cross for your sins. You can go to church. You can fast. You can give offerings. You can be a member of the choir, and you can be a Sunday school teacher. However, it's not easy to believe that your sin is cleansed as white as snow. You feel something bad is still there in you. Something deep inside tells you that some horrible sins still remain in you. You can say "I know Jesus sanctified me on the cross." You can say with your own lips "all my sins are carried away", but the problem is what you really believe deep in your heart.
  Jesus cleansed our hearts, not our brains. Since you do not have faith, you cannot believe what He did. That is why sin comes to your mind first whenever you try to pray. You say, "I am joyous and grateful to God for everything because of Jesus." But at the same time you confess, "I am shameful; I am not qualified as a child of God", whenever you come to Him.
  I am not talking about the fact that Jesus died on the cross for our sin. Why? Because everybody knows that. Is there anybody who doesn't know that? A Korean proverb says, 'Salt on the kitchen table doesn't taste salty until it is put in food.' It is true that Jesus died for our sin. Your sins should have been paid for. Jesus died for your sins, yet you feel as though your sins are not washed away. That makes it clear you don't have faith.
  As a pastor, I had a chance to find the way of salvation in the Bible, which comes by the atoning power of the precious blood of the cross. When you can really say "My sins are completely washed as white as snow because of Jesus", then you will finally be able to enjoy happiness and be free from any doubts. At that very moment, the Holy Spirit enters into your heart, so you can be led by Him.
  A lot of verses in the Bible talk about atonement. I am trying to explain how our sins can be forgiven using John chapter 8, in which an adulterous woman was forgiven.
  "Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst," (John 8:1-3).
  So far no problem to understand? Let's read verse 4.
  "They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act." She should have felt full of shame. Now let's look at verse 5. "Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?"
  Folks, we can see a very important event here. Here is a sinner. Moses commanded to stone her to death. And what will you say with this sinner, teacher? This is an interesting judgment. Who judged first? The law did. The law sentenced to the death penalty. Now, how was Jesus going to judge? His judgment was totally different from the one based on the law. What did he say? "Guiltless!" There was a big difference because the different laws applied. The only way to set sinners free who deserve to be killed is to apply a totally different law to them.
  Let's suppose now we have a singing contest. The best singer is not necessarily the winner. The winner will be decided by the contest rules. For example, if a rule says a contestant who can open his mouth the widest wins, I have the best chance to win, because I don't know anybody who has a bigger mouth than mine. It depends on the rules. By the same token, a sentence can be different for the same sin depending on the law. This woman committed a sin. It was impossible to set her free with the existing law.
  A long time ago, we had a curfew in Korea between midnight and four o'clock in the morning. However, does going around after midnight violate the law now? No, because the law was repealed. Even when we had a curfew, there were some exemptions for the landlocked places like Choongchung North Province.
  Let's suppose people who live on the border line between the south and north areas are having a party in the south area. The police blow the whistle and chase them saying, "You guys violated the curfew." What if they ran and crossed over the border line? They would have done nothing wrong because no curfew exists in the north province. The police would have no right to arrest them in the north area. They could just wait for them until they came back. It seems that the police have a good concept of territory. In the south province they have to be punished, but in the north, they are free because there is no curfew.
  The woman in John chapter 8 did not just plot to commit adultery or leer at someone with her eyes; she got caught in the very act. Hence there was no way to set her free from destruction through Moses' law. Now I am trying to explain to you how the Bible delivers the woman from death. What I am saying may be different from your ideas. I want you to open your hearts and listen carefully.
  Going back to the curfew example, let's suppose the police chased them into the north province and caught them. What would the people insist? "Since we are in the north area, we will go to the court in the north province." Now the judge in the north court asks the police,
  "What did they do wrong?"
  "Violation of the curfew, your honor," the police answer.
  "We don't have a curfew law here," the judge says.
  "But they were wandering around after midnight. We are sure. We ourselves saw them. We have photos, we have a witness," the police say.
  "I can't find them guilty. The defendants are free to go home," the judge says.
  There was no law to bind them.
  Now folks, what makes you sinners? The law does. No law means no sin. Let's suppose I am smoking. Is it a sin or a crime? There's no law against it. If the law makers pass a law saying smoking receives the death penalty, I should be executed when I get caught. In other words, there is no sin without law. Romans 5:13 says "For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law."
  The woman came to Jesus. Did she come to Him of her own free will, or did somebody bring her to Him? The Bible says the scribes and Pharisees brought her to Him. But we know it was not them but the law that brought her to Him. Could she have been brought to Him without the help of the law? The law constitutes sin, and sin brings us to Jesus.
  It is like a small starting lamp in a fluorescent lamp. Before the main light comes on, the mini lamp blinks and goes off when the fluorescent light turns on. Have you ever seen a broken starting lamp? The starting lamp should go off after blinking several times. What if it stays on? The main fluorescent light can not emit a bright light at all.
  The mini starting lamp is like Moses' law. Galatians 3:24 says,
  "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ ... "
  Without the law we cannot understand sin at all. The law taught us what sins are. 'Ah, but God doesn't like these kinds of things.' 'We are not supposed to commit adultery.' 'We shouldn't kill people.' These are principles we received by the help of the law. If we don't recognize sin, we cannot come to Jesus. So the law is a starting lamp which reveals our sins and then should go away. By this manner, Jesus Christ comes into us. As long as the starting lamp stays on, the main fluorescent light cannot come on. Likewise, when we stay under the law, the Holy Spirit can never come into our heart. Only when we are out of the control of Moses' law, can the Holy Spirit take a place in us.
  They asked,
  "Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?"
  What was His answer? He didn't say anything. He just started to write something on the ground. Many scholars have done research to figure out what He wrote. When I led a Bible study one day, they asked me, "What did Jesus write on the ground when he was forced to judge the woman?" My answer was simple. "I don't know." The Bible is the truest and clearest book I have ever read. It is the perfect book which has nothing missing or lacking. Anything we need to know is recorded in it. In John chapter 8, I could see that he wrote, but there is no mention what he wrote. The way I understand this is that God tries to let us know the fact that He wrote, not what He wrote.
  Now what is the significance of His writing? I spent some time to find out the other stories in the Bible that talk about writing by hands or fingers. In Daniel 5:25, the fingers wrote
  "Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin."
  And I kept on searching for places which mentioned God's handwriting. God Himself wrote with His fingers only two times. The first time, He wrote the Ten Commandments with His finger on the tablets of stone.
  Now what is the difference between God's writing on stone and Jesus' writing on the ground? It is important to note that His writing was in front of the woman, not another place. Why did he do that? He did it in the midst of judgment. The scribes and Pharisees came to Jesus, and said, "She committed adultery, and was caught in the very act. Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say? What is Your judgment?" Jesus was forced to judge her. We have to pay attention to the fact that he wrote on the ground before he judged her. She must be judged by the law.
  First, she was judged by Moses' law which was given on Mt. Sinai by God about fifteen hundred years before Jesus Christ. She had no other fate except to be stoned if she were judged by the law on the two tablets of stone that God Himself wrote with His fingers. Folks, who can survive if we are judged by the law written by His finger on Mt. Sinai? None of us on earth including the woman in John chapter 8, has kept, is keeping, and will keep the law perfectly.
  What does this mean? Scholars found out that it was in 1492 B.C. when Moses received the two tablets of stone. For the 1492 years until Jesus Christ came, nobody claimed to be perfect. This shows that everyone deserves to be sentenced to death when he is judged by the law. Jesus came to save the woman caught in adultery. Jesus came to save not only the woman but also you. But Jesus could not save her nor us with Moses' law. He decided to change the law because with the old law everybody is entitled to be condemned. What other law? The law of love, grace, and faith. That is why Jesus wrote on the ground.
  Moses' law is harsh. But there are some interesting things about it. The Bible says Abraham was righteous. He became righteous because of his faith. He was God's friend. Nevertheless, he was not faultless. He made Hagar, his wife's maid, his concubine and cheated people by calling his wife his sister. Abraham was a normal man like us. He made a lot of mistakes, and sinned a lot. How then could he be God's friend? There was no law between God and Abraham. People at that time lived with God without any laws. That is why Abraham's wrong doings were not imputed as sins.
  But when the children of Israel came out of Egypt and told God, "We will keep your commands if you save us", they didn't know themselves. They were arrogant, and didn't like favors from God. God answered back, "Ok, I'll give you laws. You keep it and you'll be blessed. Break it and you'll be cursed". They said in a single voice, "We will keep the whole law." However, not even a single person could keep it. The law is not worth preserving when nobody can keep it.
  Let's suppose I suggested that I should tell you how your sins can be sanctified if you come to this place at two o'clock in the morning. If none of you show up there in spite of your promises, our appointment becomes worthless. God needed to establish a new law because nobody could keep the old one. In many places, the Bible talks about this matter.
  "Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made" (Galatians 3:19).
  So, do we have to throw away the Old Testament? Not at all. With the help of the law we can come to Jesus. Galatians says the law is the tutor which brings us to Jesus. Without the law, we would live as we want. We couldn't recognize we are sinners. The law teaches us that we are sinners and that we are destined to death, and it brings us to Christ. The reason why God gave us the law is not that it could make us righteous or holy, but that it can help us understand we are sinners. Repeat after me, "The law is for us to know sin."
  If He had expected us to be clean by keeping the law, He should have given us laws that we can keep. But He gave us one we cannot keep. The reason we cannot keep the law is not for lack of efforts or resolutions, but that by nature we are unable to keep the law. All of the law must be obeyed, not just some portion of it. Only one violation means violation of all portions of the law. Whenever we break a single piece of the law, we know we are sinners.
  How many people are trying to stand before God, and to go to heaven without understanding this simple truth? The adulterous woman here isn't the only sinner. All of us are sinners like this woman. If we are judged based on Moses' law, all of us are to be sentenced to death. Why? Romans 6:23 says,
  "The wages of sin is death,"
  and because nobody is above committing sin, Jesus had to change the law. Do you understand?
  The first writing by God was the Ten Commandments. The second one by Jesus Christ was the law of love. Let's look into the Bible as a reference. Jeremiah 31:31, in the Old Testament.
  "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers, in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was a husband unto them, saith the Lord" (Jeremiah 31:31-32).
  The covenant He made in the day He took them out of Egypt means the law from Mt. Sinai. Now He is saying He will set up a new one.
  "But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more" (Jeremiah 31:33-34).
  Sometime ago, my wife kept on saying "Honey, you need a new outfit." I didn't know it was about to fall apart. So I bought a new one. Why did I need a new suit? Because the old one was useless. Why do you need new shoes? Because the old ones were worn out. There was the law, and a covenant between God and the children of Israel. God promised,
  "And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out" (Deuteronomy 28:2-6).
  "But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store. Cursed shalt be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out" (Deuteronomy 28:15-19).
  Unfortunately, however, not a single man in Israel or in the whole world could not keep the law. From God's point of view, the law became meaningless since it is impossible for men to come to Him by the old law. God, therefore, decided to establish a new covenant and law. This new covenant prophesied in Jeremiah. Who establishes it? God does. Can Pastor Park do it? No way. That is why Jesus started to write on the ground. I don't know what he wrote. The woman was a condemned criminal by Moses' law. Nevertheless, she could be judged by the new law because Jesus came and wrote a new law of grace and love.
  "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her" (John 8:7). Those who heard it went away. Now Jesus started to judge her by the new law. "Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more" (John 8:11).
  Jesus could judge her by the law of grace because He paid for her sin. I know a lot of people go back and forth between the two laws; sometimes they are under Moses' law and sometimes they are under the law of love. Sometimes they say they have been forgiven of all their sins, and sometimes they call themselves sinners, confessing they deserve to be punished to death. That is the main reason why their faith cannot grow. Under Moses' law, you must keep it perfectly. If you rely on Jesus, forget Moses' law completely and receive His grace. Choose only one. Moses' law is not sin, however, it is a good thing.
  These days people don't believe that Jesus walked on water. How can a man walk on water? The density of man is greater than that of water. It is scientific and reasonable. I, however, won't believe in Jesus if He can do only the works that we can do. I worship Jesus because He walked on water, which I cannot do. There should be no reason to believe in Him if He does only the things I can do, in which case there would be no difference between us.
  Jesus walked on water, didn't He? I myself know how to do that. Do you want me to tell you the secret? I will tell you even though I didn't get it from the Bible. Actually, it is not hard to walk on water. Listen carefully. You run toward the sea from the beach very quickly, your left foot first on water. Step with your right foot just before your left one sinks into water. Left before the right one sinks. Right before the left sinks. You can go to Japan; you can go to the States. I am not responsible for you unless you follow my directions. If you drown because you spend too much time on one step before you take the next one, I am not responsible. You try it at Hae Woon Dae beach. That was only a joke.
  But Moses' law is the same. It is real good if you can abide by it. Unfortunately, we don't have the ability to take a left step before the right one sinks down into the water. In the same way, it is absolutely impossible for us to obey the law. A Korean proverb says, "Don't even look up the tree which you cannot climb." Who taught you that you should earnestly try to keep the law? God gave us the law after He already knew we could not obey it. If you say you can obey it, do you realize how arrogant you are? We must be humble and confess we are sinners, because we don't have the power to keep it.
  God knows us very well. He knows what we can do, and what we cannot do; and so He gave us the law to obey which is beyond our ability. Yet we get duped by Satan who whispers to us to do our best to keep Moses' law. That makes us blind, so we cannot see the law of grace provided by Jesus Christ.
  When I went to a driving school, a teacher told me about the range of vision from the driver's seat. When a car is stopped, we can see 180 degrees. At 45 mph, 45 degrees, at 70 mph, 15 degrees. When I came to Seoul for the first time, I had to refer to a map in order not to get lost. While driving, I couldn't look around at the streets we were passing. I just looked straight ahead until I hit our goal. In our conversations after coming home, my wife talked about the buildings we drove by. But I couldn't remember the buildings. Since I was such a stranger in Seoul, all I could remember were police officers.
  Folks, when we are relaxed, we can see 180 degrees or even 360 degrees. But when we drive very fast, our range of vision is narrowed dramatically. Because Satan snares us into the law, we become so busy trying to keep it that we miss opportunities right beside us. As a result, we just try to be the best law follower. We don't care where the way of redemption is, what the law of grace is, and how our sins became pardoned. We just repeat, "I sinned again because I didn't do my best. Lord, please forgive me." Even a pleasant song becomes sickening and tiresome when heard again and again. Don't you think God must be saying, "Please stop it. No more crying and yelling." God wants us to be at peace.
  He wants to meet us together in happiness. But as long as you are under the law, you will never taste peace, joy, and happiness. You just think you have to cry, "Lord, please forgive this sinner. I am rotten." Furthermore, you have no assurance that you will go to heaven. You say, "I'm not sure if I will get to heaven until the moment I die." The reason is that you don't believe the promises in the Bible.
  When I say to a certain person, "I live in the Eunma (Silver Horse) Apartment complex in Seoul", and if he says, "I won't believe it until I go there and see", that means he doesn't trust me. Anybody who trusts me believes me without going there and checking. The brother who handles the recording of my sermons needed a thousand cassettes, and so he called the supplier in another city. They shipped us the cassettes and asked us to wire the money to them, so we knew they trusted us. We thanked them. They didn't worry about our credit. If they had, they would not have sent cassettes.
  God clearly spells out in the Bible the way of redemption, the way of salvation, and the way to the kingdom of heaven. These are all promises. When we believe them, we know our status before we die. If you don't believe the promises in the Bible, you will not know your fate before you die. It is too late to know where you are going to go when you stand before God. What good is it when you are in hell. God gave us the Bible and sent us Jesus, the one who forgives our sins and brings us to heaven. Nobody says, "I don't believe in God, please have mercy on me." A lot of people say they believe in God. However, when they don't believe in God's word, they don't believe in Him.
  I am sure that I will go to heaven even if I have never been there, because I know He is not a liar and the Bible doesn't lie. This world is not my home. God clearly promised an everlasting kingdom. He promised to take me 'home' someday. The people who don't trust such a sure promise don't know where they are going until they die.
  Folks, the apostle Paul was not saved because of any good works he did. The robber on the cross did not receive salvation because of his merit. They never got saved by their effort or perfect obedience of the law. The same for the adulteress. We can never sanctify our sins with the law. If we can avoid committing sins, there is no need for redemption. We cannot comply with the articles of the law, and accordingly we are nothing but sinners. And that is why we need the law of grace. How amazing the law is! Moses' law makes the sinner a sinner. The law of love makes the sinner just. Folks, I am not telling you I am going to heaven because I don't have any sin, and because I have not committed a sin such as telling lies or stealing something.
  One day, there was a contest for liars. Many liars showed up and told the audience the worst lies they lied to prove that they were the greatest liar in the world. The last contestant said:
  "Ladies and gentlemen! I am not sure that I can be a sinner because I have never told a single lie from my birth. I truly don't know how to tell a lie. I am here just because the people around pushed me to participate in the contest. I am stepping down because I think I am not qualified for this place". The last contestant, of course, won first place at the award ceremony. The man who says "I don't tell a lie" is the greatest liar. We all are sinners. We are all in sin. But the Lord changed the law and made us the clean and the righteous. What did He say after He wrote on the ground? "I don't condemn you. Not guilty!"
  Folks, I envied the adulterous woman so much before I understood this hidden truth. I envied her because she was granted clemency from Jesus when she was about to be stoned to death. Another person I envied was the robber on the cross next to Jesus. This man was blessed so much! He could go to paradise with Jesus even though he was executed for a crime. Later, I knew the adulteress is nobody but myself. I am the robber. I could understand that what He said to her is what He's saying to me. What He said to the robber he's saying to me.
  When my eyes were opened, the accounts of David, Paul, and others were all for me. I could believe that the words 'I don't condemn you' were for me. Jesus told me he didn't condemn me. He called me clean; he called me righteous. Hallelujah! That is why I am righteous. Not because I don't sin. If there was a man who became righteous by obedience of the law, he would be a man who relies on his own works. But the man who becomes righteous as I did, because of Jesus, relies on the grace of God. I had all my sins forgiven without wages, works, or any effort by grace alone. Not because I didn't sin. Not because I didn't lie. But because of my belief in Jesus who was nailed and died on the cross. My sins were cleansed at the cross.
  Let's look at Romans chapter 4, which is found in the New Testament.
  Romans 4:4 says;
  "Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness" (Romans 4:4-5).
  Can God call a sinner righteous? No way! The sinner is sinful, the righteous is righteous. God doesn't call a sinner righteous. God delayed judging sinners until Jesus Christ died on the cross to cleanse our sins completely so He can call us righteous. He saw our sins were cleansed when Jesus died. God said we are righteous after Jesus was crucified.
  From God's view point, Jesus cleansed all our sins. How do you see it? If you agree with God, and believe you were redeemed, you are righteous because of your faith. If you insist "But I am still a sinner", you are saying Jesus didn't clean your sin on the cross. Some people say in a prayer, "Lord, please forgive my sin." Good. But think it over. Folks, when Jesus was nailed to the cross, did He cleanse your sin or not? Yes, He did a perfect job. Is there any other need to beg for forgiveness of your sins? You might ask, "But don't we still sin?" Jesus' answer to your question is, "Didn't I cleanse the sin you still commit?" Here we can see the difference of thoughts according to one's belief. Believers say, "Aha! My sins were cleansed as white as snow." The man without belief says, "But I am still a sinner."
  So an unbeliever comes to depend on his efforts, his own works, not on the grace of the cross of Jesus. That is why he has to do his best to obey the law. But Galatians says,
  "But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster" (Galatians 3:25).
  The most important thing is that Jesus did not judge the woman with Moses' law. If he had it, she would have had to be stoned to death. Jesus judged with the law of love and the law of grace which are totally different from Moses' law. Tonight, folks, when you stand in front of Moses' law, you must be cursed. Come to the law of grace given by Jesus Christ and you can be cleansed of your sin.
  Would you mind lowering your heads with your eyes closed and listening to my invitation? Dear folks, you heard an amazing story that Jesus came and judged us with love, not with the law, and made us clean. If you want true cleansing of sin, please pray this prayer.
  "Lord, I am the adulteress. I am evil, shameful, and dirty. I want to be cleansed of my sin as the woman who came to Jesus was saved. I wish to be delivered from the chains of sin by the precious blood on the cross. Please, have mercy on me. Please save me!" I wish all of you to be born again and to receive the grace of everlasting redemption. Thank you.
  
  
  
  
  
  4. The Man With An Infirmity For 38 Years
  
  
  
  "After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath" (John 5:1-9).
  Once upon a time, there lived in a mountainous region a salt vendor, who carried salt in his back pack. He was traveling far and wide to trade his salt for grains, herbs, honey, and so on to make his living. One hot summer day, he was resting in the shadow of a big tree where two old village folks were playing chess. Looking at the stranger, one of the chess players called to him.
  "Young man, I have something to ask you. I was a servant of Prime Minister Lee in the capital city. I came down to this remote region and worked hard to develop this rugged land and now we are better off. Now, I remember a young son of my former master who went to school and earned an education. Our children in this village also deserve to have a quality education. Since you are a vendor moving all over the country, I believe you are the best person to recommend just the right teacher for our children."
  Upon his request, the salt vendor came to think that he himself could be a teacher (even though he was almost illiterate) because he realized that people in this remote area were totally ignorant. He was sure that he could have a far better and more comfortable life here than the back breaking job of selling salt.
  "To be honest with you," he answered. "I was once a good teacher myself in the capital city until we were driven into political turmoil. Now I am hiding my status by appearing as a salt vendor." All of the people in the village were so happy to meet such a knowledgeable man, and attempted to persuade him to accept their request to teach their children. He intentionally refused it several times before he accepted; this made them believe he was being good natured.
  The very next day, the village folks wasted no time to have a public hearing regarding the matter of hiring the 'teacher'. Immediately after a unanimous decision, they started to build a school and a house for the teacher. They also bought him the best suit, a coat, and some other fancy accessories.
  The villagers treated the 'teacher' like a king, he didn't even work until the day the school building was completed. On the first day, the young students came to his school with curiosity and an expectation of learning something. This illiterate salt vendor, of course, had almost nothing to teach, but he knew he had to teach something.
  "Repeat after me, pupils."
  "Yes, sir."
  "Daenamoo (bamboo), Dae" *1)
  "Daenamoo, Dae."
  "Sonamoo (pinetree), So." *2)
  "Sonamoo, So."
  "Hanul (sky), Ha." *3)
  "Hanul, Ha."
  "That is all for today. Go home and learn these by heart."
  The children were so happy to have a teacher and to have learned new things. The villagers made the children chant the three things they had learned and had remembered with ease. "Daenamoo, Dae. Sonamoo, So. Hanul, Ha."
  The next day, the children learned three more things:
  "Jib (house), Jib." *4)
  "Meori (head), Meo." *5)
  "Bal (foot), Bal." *6)
  *1) Daenamoo means bamboo in Korean. Korea has had her own alphabet since King Sejong created Hangul in the year 1443, the Koreans' own writing system. But they had borrowed the alphabet from the Chinese letters, instead of using their own writing system. So in traditional Korean society, Koreans pronounced 'bamboo' as 'Daenamoo' but wrote it as 'Chook(ñ `Ó X).' As the Chinese letters are the ideograms, they are very difficult to learn. Therefore, 'Daenamoo, Dae' is the wrong teaching of 'Daenamoo, Chook(ñ `Ó X).'
  *2) 'Sonamoo (pinetree), Song(á Pæ H)' is right; Not 'Sonamoo, So.'
  *3) 'Hanul (sky), Cheon(ô @¸ 8)' is right; Not 'Hanul, Ha.'
  *4) 'Jib (house), Woo(é 0Ô ()' is the right form; Not 'Jib, Jib.'
  *5) 'Meori (head), Doo(Ô (ç )' is right; Not 'Meori, Meo.'
  *6) 'Bal (foot), Chock(ð ¸ 8)' is right; Not 'Bal, Bal.'
  So the children chanted, "Jib (house), Jib. Meori (head), Meo. Bal (foot), Bal." Even their parents learned these from the kids, remembering the old saying, "You're never too old to learn." They felt they were becoming more knowledgeable every day. They tried to outdo each other by providing their teacher with luxurious furniture and on top of that, the teacher was given delicious food every day. The students learned new things again the following week. So, the salt vendor survived several months like this before any complaints came up... until finally.
  "The other day you taught us 'Daenamoo, Dae', and today 'Daenamoo, Na.' Which one is right?"
  "No one is perfect... even teachers can make mistakes. Anyway, you question too much these days. If you have any more questions, ask me after school."
  "Yes, Sir."
  After finishing up class with one of his exciting traveling stories, which he felt proud of, he came to the conclusion that it was time to run away before he was caught and beaten to death. One morning when his students came in, he said he didn't feel good, and asked them to come back tomorrow. He packed up all of his valuables and ran away that night, under the cover of darkness.
  The next morning, the village teacher was nowhere to be found. They searched until no stone remained unturned. They checked his house and around the village, but he couldn't be found anywhere. All of them felt sorry about the disappearance of their only teacher. The children cried, "He was a good teacher." "He gave us hope." "It was such a pleasure to learn from him." "Where did you go, teacher?"
  The parents decided unanimously that they must have a new teacher for their village. They didn't waste any time to send the two fastest walkers to the capital city to find another intelligent teacher like the one they had had. The villagers succeeded in finding a good teacher. On their way home, they explained to the new teacher how excellent and skillful the previous one was. They continued to explain how much they loved him, because their whole community had developed a passion for learning after his arrival. The new teacher felt insecure about teaching the villagers. He thought, 'Could they be satisfied with a teacher like me when their last teacher was such a prominent one having outstanding skills?'
  On his first day at school, the mediocre teacher checked to see what his students had learned from their old teacher. "Could you show me what you learned from your former teacher?" They had been eagerly waiting for anybody to whom they could show off their knowledge. In unison they chanted, "Daenamoo (bamboo), Dae. Sonamoo (pinetree), So. Hanul (sky), Ha ..."
  He was shocked, but he couldn't tell them that their old teacher was a swindler. He simply told the students that his own teaching might be harder to understand and less fascinating to learn. The students knelt down and were ready to begin their class. He began teaching his lesson.
  "Boys, have you seen this Chinese alpha-character(ô @¸ 8), pronounced 'Cheon'?"
  "No. Never," they replied.
  "It means sky," explained the teacher. "Repeat after me. 'Hanul (sky), Cheon(ô @¸ 8)'."
  "Sir, I have a question," interjected a student. "We have been taught 'Hanul (sky), Ha.' I think you are wrong."
  "Oh, no. I am right. Please repeat after me," replied the teacher.
  The students became confused. Some of the boys said, "Hanul, Ha", but the others said, "Hanul, Cheon(ô @¸ 8)." The teacher continued trying to teach them.
  "Tha (earth), Ji(á Pæ H)." But many insisted, "Tha, Tha."
  "Kumeul (black), Hyun(é 0Ü )," said the teacher.
  "No, Sir. 'Kumeul, Kum' is right."
  "Nuroo (yellow), Hwang(¸ 8Ü )," continued the instructor.
  "No. Nuroo, Nu."
  "Jib (house), Woo(é 0Ô ()."
  "No. It's 'Jib, Jib.' Sir, what you're saying is too difficult for us to understand, and totally different from what we've learned from our old teacher."
  The new teacher could not continue his teaching in that town any more and had to leave the village after only several days.
  The people in such a remote mountainous area had no way to discern which teacher was right. But if they had gone to a big city, they would have known that the salt vendor was a lying scoundrel. When people are in a place of ignorance, they don't know who is right or who is wrong. They just follow others and do what seems to be the most reasonable thing to do. Most churchgoers are just imitating other Christians because they don't understand the truth. No matter how hard it may be, we have to start from the beginning!
  Why do you believe in Jesus? Why do you go to church? Why are you here today? Why is your life burdened? Why can't you live like a good believer? There should be a good reason. Because we were kicked out of Eden with our sin, we can't come to God with our sin. This means there is a barrier of sin between God and us. Since we are separated from God, we feel uncomfortable, like lost sheep in a mountain. There is no true peace in man, even if he is rich, beautiful, learned or powerful.
  Why do we believe in Jesus? Because believing in Jesus lifts up the barrier of sin between God and ourselves. So that we may have the free status that Adam had before he disobeyed God. So that we can have fellowship with Him without any sin barrier.
  How can sin be cleansed then? Don't laugh at the salt vendor who taught 'Daenamoo (bamboo), Dae.' A much funnier thing is people who are putting aside the Bible and trying to cleanse sins in their own way. I met a young man who had been to a Christian camp for several days.
  "What did you learn at the camp?" I asked him.
  "I learned how to cleanse my sins," he replied.
  "How did you do this?" I continued.
  "The speaker taught us that we should write down every sin we've committed on a piece of paper, then burn it in the camp fire. That's how we cleansed our sins."
  This is a good example of the salt vendor's teaching in the parable. Where in the Bible can we locate any mentioning of the forgiveness of sins by burning them in a campfire? Who, in the Bible, taught this? David? Paul? Peter? Did Jesus teach that? A salt vendor can be a teacher if everyone is ignorant.
  Years ago, The Asian Broadcasting Service asked me to preach on the air for a North Korean and Korean-Chinese audience. I talked about the 'forgiveness of sin' and the response was great. Many pastors wrote letters to me saying the preaching was good and asking if I had written any books. Some of them used my broadcast, for their worship service every morning. A few of them thought that what I said was weird because it was different from what they had learned.
  I'm telling you. No more 'Daenamoo (bamboo), Dae!' We have to cleanse our sins based on what the Bible teaches. Writing all of your sins on paper and burning the paper doesn't mean anything. It won't cleanse your sins. That is just 'Daenamoo (bamboo), Dae.'
  We have the title, 'The Secret of Forgiveness of Sin and Being Born Again' for this conference. How can we be forgiven of our sins? How can we be born again? What is the right way to gain 'forgiveness of sin' according to the Bible? You have to find out the answers in the Bible. What if you go to hell because of a wrong belief, such as the one that his sins were cleansed when he wrote all of them on a piece of paper and burnt it? Heaven is for men whose sins really disappeared. It's not for those who still have sins.
  The Holy Spirit can't settle down in the hearts of sinners. Accordingly, speaking in tongues, prophesying, and casting out demons are not biblical for sinners. Before doing those things, your sins must be cleansed. The Holy Spirit won't come into your hearts until you are cleansed of sin and made whiter than snow.
  Isaiah 59:1-2 clearly talk about this:
  "Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear."
  Being handsome, tall, smart, rich, or learned doesn't make any difference. The Holy Spirit can't reside in a sinner's heart. That's why we must be forgiven of our sins.
  Some time ago, a lady who didn't belong to any religion married a man whose family members were churchgoers. Her mother-in-law continuously said that she would like to see her daughter-in-law accept the faith and allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in her. The young lady began to pray and fast for several days hoping to receive the Holy Spirit. At last something did come into her, and said, "I'm the Holy Ghost." She told her mother-in-law what had happened. The mother-in-law was very sorry about being so hard on her. Everyone in the family thought she had become a Christian and was happy for her. But she became a little strange ... In about ten days she became totally insane.
  As I said, the Holy Spirit doesn't come into the hearts of sinners. He doesn't because He can't. The 'great things' you did before you were saved from sin have nothing to do with Jesus even such things of tongues, prophecy, or visions. You have to understand this clearly from the Bible's point-of-view. Satan makes us believe he is the Holy Spirit, and cheats us into doing false works. You must first cleanse your sins to receive Him. He won't come into you until you become white as snow from head to toe. From that moment, Jesus who is holy, walks with you.
  Jesus is the Lord of love. He is consistent; once He comes in, He never leaves. He stays there forever. John 14:16 says,
  "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;"
  People these days are sometimes encouraged or discouraged, according to what feel at the moment. This is not what Jesus said. He said that you have to cleanse your sins before you bring your tithes, pray early in the morning, or fast. After time you are saved from your sins, you will be changed.
  Yesterday was October 7, wasn't it? It was my birthday, my 25th 'born again' birthday. I was born on June 1, 1944, physically. I was born again on October 7, 1962. I have two birthdays.
  When I was a very young man, I went to church early in the morning every day. Feeling rather sleepy, I would pray before anyone else came. I had fallen into many sins and I was busy confessing my sins. In those days, electricity was not quite stable, more often than not it went out during the middle of the worship service. So, I would light a gas lamp first, strike a bell, and begin to confess my sins on my knees. I couldn't pray silently because I was worried about falling asleep, so I had to pray aloud when I was sure nobody was around to listen. That was the beginning of my day. "Lord, I lied. I hated someone. Please forgive me." When I heard people coming I would stop praying and begin the early morning worship with them. After everybody went home, I would resume praying. Then, I did my best to stop sinning for the day.
  My big mouth might be the reason why I sinned so much. I would tell lies. Friends of mine would ask,
  "How much did you pay for your watch?"
  "Ten dollars."
  That was twice the amount I had paid for it. Then the verse in Revelation hit upon me,
  "... and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death." (Revelation 21:8).
  I became scared of going to hell for lying that day. Early the next morning at church, I found myself praying for that sin. The best way not to tell a lie was to keep my mouth shut, which I tried for several hours, only to find that it didn't work. Finally, I visited my pastor, confessed my sins, and faced real shame.
  "Many people say that I am an accomplished young man, but in fact, I'm not. I committed sins like ..." I confessed.
  "How can I be forgiven of my filthy sins?"
  "You must repent," replied my pastor.
  "I did. But it didn't work for me." I returned.
  "You must bear the fruit of repentance."
  "How can I do that?"
  "You have to pay back for the things you stole." he reiterated.
  "You've got to compensate for the damages you made." And so on.
  I thought, 'I am not chosen by God, because I know I will never be able to pay back for all of my misdeeds. I have committed too many sins. I threatened my friends to buy cookies for me. I've lied to them. I've hated them. I've envied them ...' Once I thought I was not a man God chose, I became discouraged; I suffered; I was agonized. I abandoned myself in despair. I started smoking and drinking. I was fighting with the idea that it didn't make any difference how far I could go into hell. The more I drowned in sin, the bitter the pain became in my heart. The church bells ringing almost drove me crazy. Attending services didn't work. Confessing, repenting, fasting, all night praying, and crying just made my mind heavier.
  I have led many conferences in many places, such as churches, leper colonies, military camps, schools, prisons, and so on. Whenever I ask people to raise their hands if they want to be forgiven of their sins, lots of them do. Many of them are nice looking ladies and gentlemen, at least in appearance. But their consciences push them to raise their hands. They are people who go to church with solemn faces. We know they still have an unclean heart sinful heart.
  The Bible talks about that kind of man. His name is Naaman, commander of the Syrian army (2 Kings chapter 5). He was a great general in shining armor. Only inside the armor, his skin was rotting of leprosy. He is nothing but an image of modern day believers. They may look like devoted Christians, deacons, elders, choir members, or Sunday school teachers. But many of them are suffering from sins with which they don't know what to do.
  Let me mention again the story of the woman who was caught in adultery; I preached about her. The scribes and Pharisees came with stones to kill her.
  "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her,"
  said Jesus. Not a single man could stone her. Why? When only the outside appearance was checked, they seemed clean, unlike the woman who appeared unclean. But if we checked them inside, all of them were sinners.
  You must not avoid the matter of sin, or you will regret it on the day of judgment. You must have a clear cut solution to your sin before it's too late. Things like certificates or titles won't matter on that Day. The only thing that will matter is a clean heart that's as white as snow because of salvation. Without perfect salvation, all of the good works you did for God won't help you.
  How can we cleanse our sin? What is the proper way, based on the Bible? It looks as if many Christians don't know. After ten, twenty, or thirty years of religious living, they are still sinners. And they are heading for hell, which was made for sinners. Don't you agree? Why do you believe in Jesus? To be forgiven of your sins, isn't it? Does this argument make sense?
  "Are you saved from your sin?"
  "Sure."
  "Then there is no sin in you, right?"
  "Of course I have sins existing in me."
  No, the argument doesn't make sense. This man's reasoning is self conflicting. When all sins are cleansed, no sin should be left in the heart. If there still remains sin in his heart, then the salvation he's got is meaningless. If there still remains sin in his heart, what Jesus did on the cross becomes totally pointless.
  We cannot cover everything about this matter in a single day. Let's do it little by little. Since salvation takes place in your hearts, the most important thing for salvation is the readiness of your minds.
  John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, was an earnest worker for God. He worked so hard helping the poor and preaching the gospel in the slum areas, that people around him called him 'the ardent'. He had a chance to go to America, to spread the gospel. He was on board a rather small boat for crossing the Atlantic Ocean. In the middle of their voyage, they met a storm at sea. He was so scared that he was shaking with fear at the bottom of the boat.
  All of a sudden, he could hear hymns being sung from somewhere. He began to move in the direction the songs were coming from. A group of people in shabby clothes were singing hymns with unbelievable calmness while tying down something with ropes. He didn't know who in the world they were. They were acting as if nothing was happening, just a step away from him. But he knew they were far more faithful than himself... a pastor and a missionary. Fortunately, the boat never sank, but arrived in America. A man named Spangenberg spoke to him.
  "Mr. Wesley, may I ask you a question?"
  "Yes, what is it?"
  "Do you know who Jesus is?"
  "Sure, I do."
  "Then you must know that He is the Savior who came to save all of us from our sins."
  "You can say that again."
  "Did the Savior of all the world save you, Mr. Wesley from all of your sins? Are you still in your sins, or saved from your sins?"
  Salvation means scooping out all of your sins, doesn't it? If you cry out while you are drowning in the sea, do you think it makes sense? After you are rescued from drowning, you can say I am saved. Struggling in the sea means you are not yet saved.
  Well, John Wesley couldn't answer. He, of course, could say yes if he wanted, but he just remained seated with his head down. He went back home without any fruit from America. He later found himself, quite by accident, in a small church in England, where he listened to Martin Luther's commendation on Romans. There he had a clear cut testimony of salvation from sin. He was changed dramatically from that day forward.
  Powerful servants of the Lord like D.L. Moody had victory over sin with Jesus' power, preached the gospel with Jesus' power, and lived on Jesus' power.
  One day, Jesus went to a pool named Bethesda. It was said that an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water, then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he might have. That's why all kinds of sick people were gathered around the pool; the blind, the lame, and even cancer patients I guess. Among them, the poor man with an infirmity, being thirty-eight years old, lay there. Jesus saw him and got nearer to ask,
  "Wilt thou be made whole?"
  He was a man with an infirmity for a long time; he couldn't move by himself. But he stayed there, hoping with one in a million chance, to step down into the pool before the other sick men could. I guess he had no family members or friends around him, for he had been sick for a long time. He lay in the same place, excreting and eating (if someone gave him something to eat). His only hope was rolling himself into the pool, while all the other sick men fell into a deep sleep, after an angel had stirred up the water.
  Does this man depict you and your faith? Have you tried many things for naught and now you just wait in hopes that something good might happen someday, somehow?
  Jesus visited the man, but the man didn't know who He was. Jesus, more often than not, visits your heart. Revelation 3:20 says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." Jesus often knocks at the door of your heart asking, "Do you want to be healed? Do you want to have a better Christian life? Do you want to live a victorious life?" and "Do you want to receive forgiveness of your sins?" Can Jesus heal someone all at once? Yes, He can! But the man with an infirmity for 38 years didn't think so. Jesus changes you thoroughly, He doesn't just help you work hard and well. It was impossible for the man with the infirmity to step into the pool by himself.
  It is interesting to think about who troubled the water. An angel did. What does an angel signify in the Bible? The Bible tells us that God gave us the law through an angel. Every verse in the Bible has its matching part. It is impossible for us to become righteous and holy by attempting to abide by the law; just as it was impossible for the man with the infirmity to step into the pool when the water was troubled... he couldn't even move his body. If this man could be made well by stepping in the water when it was troubled, then Jesus wouldn't have had to go to him.
  Romans 3:19 says,
  "Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God."
  Is the law good or bad? Good, of course. But the problem is that we are not able to observe all the law. There would be nothing better than the law, if we could keep it. But no matter how good the law is, it's useless if we can't keep it.
  How did you become a sinner? You didn't keep the law. Therefore, the law speaks to those who have broken the law. To whom do you say, 'Do not lie.' 'Do not commit adultery.' 'Do not steal,' or 'Do not cheat.' To those who lie, commit adultery, steal, or cheat. The reason why God asked us not to commit adultery and not to steal is that we commit adultery and steal.
  It is impossible for us to come before God by keeping the law. If someone brags that he can keep the law, he is a hypocrite. No one can keep the entire law. Romans 3:21 says,
  "But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;"
  In the Old Testament, God tells us that we can become righteous if we perfectly keep the law. So many have tried their best to abide by the law. But everyone has broken the law. So righteousness, apart from the law, had to be revealed.
  Let's say there's a cup, which we'll call my righteousness. If I sin, will my righteousness be broken or not? Yes, it will be broken and I will try to put it together again. Because I can't go to heaven without righteousness, I will try to put the broken cup (my righteousness) back together by gluing and patching up the pieces saying "Oh, Lord, please forgive me." That's why Isaiah 64:6 says,
  " ... all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;"
  Our 'righteousness' is the cup that is broken and out of shape. We make a pointless struggle of trying to go to heaven by patching up our broken righteousness. But when we glue one place, another place cracks, when we stop a leaking spot, then another spot leaks. When God sees us with that kind of leaky 'righteousness', He is very disappointed. That's why He asks us to come to heaven with Jesus' righteousness, not with ours.
  In order to go to heaven, we have to have righteousness. When we sin, whose righteousness is broken? Our 'righteousness', of course! Jesus' righteousness does not break. It would be terrible if Jesus had sinned too. For there would be no way we could go to heaven if He sinned. Our 'righteousness' is the broken righteousness. But I can brag that I can go to heaven, because I received the righteousness of Jesus. Even when I make mistakes, the righteousness of Jesus doesn't break. I gave my 'righteousness' to Jesus, which was broken and filthy, and I received His righteousness instead. Jesus had to die on the cross because He carried our sins for us. Whatever wrongs we have done, they have been transferred to Jesus.
  On the contrary, the righteousness which Jesus gained by His complete obedience to God's word was given to us. Therefore, we can't take our 'righteousness' by good works to heaven. The foolish people look up to their own 'righteousness' and compare themselves to others. When they think they're better than others, they're satisfied and feel good about themselves. So they try to come before God with their own 'righteousness'. But according to God's standard, they can't be accepted in heaven they are going to hell. When we are afraid of standing before God, because we don't have any righteousness of our own, Jesus offers us His righteousness and tells us to take it to God. That's why I can stand before God proudly and say, "I'm righteous!"
  The righteous one is no one in particular, but simply the one that has righteousness. Who is a rich man? He is the one that has lots of money. And who is a beggar? He is one that has no money and has to beg for money. In the same way, we can understand who a righteous one is.
  Romans 3:10 says,
  "There is none righteous, no, not one:"
  If we look at our 'righteousness', there is none righteous. But there are many righteous ones that have the righteousness of Jesus. This righteousness came from God. It is written in the Bible that Noah was just a man. James 5:16 says,
  "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
  The Bible also says that the Lord hears the prayer of the righteous. There's no one righteous who is righteous by his own 'righteousness'. But any one can become righteous with the righteousness of Jesus.
  In order to ride on an express bus, what do you have to have? A ticket! It doesn't matter how you get the ticket. As long as you have the ticket, you are allowed to get on the bus. As long as we have the righteousness of Jesus, we are allowed to enter heaven. Just as it's written in this hymn:
  When He shall come with trumpet sound,
  Oh, may I then in Him be found;
  Dressed in His righteousness alone,
  Faultless to stand before the throne.
  We can stand before God faultlessly. Let's suppose you didn't have enough money to buy a ticket for a bus ride and I bought you a ticket. Would you only be getting limited service because someone else paid for your ticket? No, as long as you have a ticket, you will enjoy the full service of the bus. To go to heaven, you must have righteousness; to ride a bus, you must have a bus ticket. We're going to heaven with the righteousness of Jesus Christ. That's why it doesn't matter who we are, as long as we take His righteousness to God by faith.
  After a while we will go to His kingdom. It's okay to go through the little hardships of this world. A little hunger won't hurt you much. Don't be so upset at times when you are kicked by someone or insulted by someone.
  When I travel, I take my passport with me. In my passport, I keep my driver's license and my identification card. Therefore, wherever I go, my driver's license is with me as long as my passport is with me. If I lose my passport, I also lose my driver's license; if I find my passport, I also find my driver's license. After my sins are forgiven, Jesus is with me and I'm with Him; in the same way, my passport and my driver's license are with me. When my passport goes to Seoul, my driver's license also goes to Seoul. And when my passport goes to Pusan, my driver's license also goes to Pusan. Using the same principle, if I am in Seoul, Jesus will be in Seoul; if I am in Pusan, Jesus will be in Pusan; and if I am going to heaven, He will go to heaven too. My good works can't be used as a ladder to heaven. I can go to heaven only when I'm in Jesus. In order to be with Him, we have to be righteous because He is righteous.
  Romans 3:21 says, "But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested ... " This righteousness has nothing to do with the righteousness we gain by keeping the law and doing good works. It's the righteousness that Jesus gave us. Jesus died on the cross for all our sins. Romans 3:22 says,
  "Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe; for there is no difference:"
  Suppose you are comparing my 'righteousness' with the 'righteousness' of another person. You won't say that both of us have the exact same 'righteousness.' For our 'righteousness' is gained through our works. But we don't go to heaven as a result of our works, but because of the righteousness of Jesus by grace. There is no difference between us when we receive His righteousness we receive the same righteousness, the righteousness of Jesus, which has nothing to do with our works. Romans 3:23 says,
  "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
  God tells you that you are righteous. If I tell you that you are righteous, you won't put much faith in my words. That's because I don't have the power to guarantee my words. What if God says to you, "You are righteous."? Can God call an unrighteous person righteous? It's hard to understand how God can call us righteous even when we have sin. God loved us and wanted to make us righteous, so He had Jesus die on the cross to wash away our sins. Now all of our sins are washed away by Jesus' death, and God can call us righteous.
  If you question how your sins were washed away, the Bible answers you, saying, "Two thousand years ago, the price of your sin was paid on the cross and that's how you became righteous." We believe what the Bible says. I don't believe in a Jesus who died on the cross, but couldn't take my sins away. But I believe in the Jesus who died on the cross and took my sins away. I believe in the Jesus who washed my sins away and made me as white as snow.
  Some theologians today say, "Jesus took the original sin away, but not the sins that we have committed." The Bible doesn't have such verses. If Jesus washed only the original sin away, how do we have the sins that we've committed washed away? We can't wash our own sins away.
  Jesus has to do it for us. When Jesus washed our sins away, He didn't say, "I'll wash only half of your sins and you'll take care of the rest." He didn't even say, "I will take care of 99.99% of your sins and you will take care of 0.01%." If Jesus washed away 99 sins out of 100, I would have to go to hell because of the one sin that was left out.
  The precious blood of Jesus, on the cross is the "perfect blood". It didn't just wash away certain sins, but all sins it was the "perfect blood"! There are many verses in the Bible that prove this. There are also many stories, about how to receive the 'forgiveness of sin' in the Bible. I've been searching the Bible for the past twenty-five years, for all the possible ways to receive the 'forgiveness of sin.' The Bible tells us how the people in the Old Testament era had their sins washed away and how David received forgiveness of his sins. I can tell you these only on the basis of God's words.
  When we confess our sins to God, we don't have to tell Him that we stole something, we lied to someone, or that we killed someone. First of all, we have to confess that we are basically human beings that cannot help sinning. When a spy gives himself up, first, he has to confess that he is a spy; not what he did. There is no hope in us. We bear sins because we are the trees of sin. Pear trees produce pears and apple trees bear apples. The harder we try not to sin, the more we sin. Try not to sin! You will end up sinning even more. People who have tried not to sin understand what I'm saying. Only Jesus can make us free from sin.
  When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, He didn't leave any sin with us. He completely took care of all our sins by dying on the cross. Jesus means 'Salvation of the Lord'. Believing in Jesus means believing in the fact that He saved me from all of my sins. It's believable that all my sins are washed away, as white as snow. If I still have some sins in me, even after Jesus died on the cross, His death was in vain.
  How can our sins be washed away? It can only be done by the blood of Jesus. Twenty-five years ago, I was struggling with sin. At that time, I was attending church services. I was a Youth Group member, a choir member, and a Sunday school teacher. After a long struggle with my sins, by God's grace, I received the 'forgiveness of sin.' After receiving the forgiveness, by reading the Bible, I could tell that my spiritual eyes were finally opened. I was able to understand many accounts in the Bible which talked about receiving the 'forgiveness of sin.' I've been telling those stories to other people.
  I considered going out as a missionary. However, when I had made all of the necessary preparations, God spoke very clearly to me in my heart, "Instead of going abroad to witness, you need to witness to those who don't know about the 'forgiveness of sin' in Korea." It was very difficult for me to give up going abroad as a missionary. But thanks to God's guidance, I have been able to witness all over Korea and preach about the 'forgiveness of sin.' I don't intend to repeat these words for the pleasure of hearing them, but to joyously keep on witnessing God's word.
  I've held many Christian assemblies in various cities. During the assemblies, I hope to hear many people say, "I'm set free from sin." "I've received eternal life." "I'm born again." "The problem between the Lord and me is resolved." "I can be happy even if I have to leave this world today." I believe the Lord will be happy to hear you say these things too. I hope everyone will say them with a sincere heart.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  5. The Butler And The Baker Of The King
  
  
  "And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt. And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers. And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound. And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward. And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison. And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad. And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the ward of his lord's house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to-day? And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me them, I pray you. And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me; And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes: And Pharaoh's cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand. And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days: Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place; and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler. But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and show kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house: For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon. When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head: And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head. And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days: Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee. And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand: But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them. Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him" (Genesis 40:1-23).
  Dear folks! They say that the life of faith seems to be so easy to understand and pursue, but actually it is not. Of course, I am not a man that can solve this problem. The only reason I can stand here is that I had the amazing experience of being cleansed of my sin, cleansed as white as snow, after suffering a long time.
  I received a letter today from my daughter in Seoul. She is in the 9th grade and I have a son in the 6th grade. Since I have been separated from my children for several days, I couldn't delay opening the letter. I am going to read the contents of the letter.
  "Dad, it is just passed midnight. I am so joyful to be writing a letter. While you were leading the evangelistic meeting in Pusan, a demon worked in our home. Young Kuk had such a terrible fever and was so sick that he was crying. Aunty and I prayed together fervently. After a while, his pain was gone, and he fell in a deep sleep. I can't help writing this letter out of happiness. Don't worry about his health. God cured it completely."
  I remember the day on which my daughter realized she was forgiven of her sins. One day when she was in chemistry lab, hydrochloric acid exploded because the students who used the lab before had left the hydrochloric acid on top of a lamp. Accidentally, the acid burned the top of my daughter's head. The school nurse rushed her to the hospital, where her head was cleaned with alcohol and wrapped with gauze before she was sent home. I heard about it later, but since she was treated at the hospital, I thought it was all right.
  The strange thing was that her wound had not healed even after fifteen days. My wife examined it and found her skin was rotting. She sent her immediately to the hospital at which my sister-in-law was working. They were surprised to see that the first treatment had failed to remove the hydrochloric acid completely. It was necessary for my daughter to be operated on. I was on my way to church after preaching the gospel in prison and was unaware of what was happening. A fellow pastor suggested that we drop by the hospital to meet one of our church members who was an inpatient there. As I was parking the car, my son jumped into the car and said his sister was undergoing an operation and that a doctor was treating the infected portion of her scalp. It was not a very pleasant thing to watch as a father. The doctor applied bandages around her head.
  For ten days or so she couldn't go to school, so I went to the school to report her absence. The principle said he wanted to see me. He said that he was really sorry, and that the school would shoulder all the expenses of the operation no matter how much it cost. Why did the acid splash on my daughter's head out of sixty-seven students who were in the class? I told him, "I am a servant of God. The accident was not just a coincidence. There should be a lesson from God in this. I thank you for your offer, but I won't accept your money. I just want to know what He is trying to tell me."
  After ten days, she had to go to school with bandages around her head. I gave her a ride in the morning because the bus was too crowded. I am very busy in the mornings, but I gave her a ride to school for about a month. I normally don't have a lot of time to talk with my family even though I am a pastor. We had a chance to talk about her faith while we were going to school every morning. In the middle of the conversation, I found out that she was suffering because of her sin. Sometimes, I stopped my car on the street, or the corner of the school, and talked about the gospel.
  When I told her, "Daughter, your sin was cleansed like this in the Bible," she surprisingly received what Jesus did to forgive her sin. Together we tasted the blessing of the cleansing of her sin as white as snow. To my surprise, she began to change from that very day. Changed in prayer; changed in reading the Bible, changed in her way of thinking, and changed in every aspect of her life.
  I leave my children home alone often times because I travel around the country very often for evangelistic meetings. I really thank God for His protection on my kids. They say idiots brag about their children and wives. But I don't care.
  Not only my daughter, but anyone who receives salvation by grace and gets cleansed of his sin completely, cannot but be changed. I often come to conferences with my wife, as we also did this time. We didn't feel comfortable whenever we left our children home alone. We wanted to have a sister in Christ who could take care of them and fortunately, we found one. She is living with us now and she is a sister who loves God. Since she began to live with us, I could feel a much warmer atmosphere in our home, and my kids felt much better. Considering the big difference there is in my home with a sister, it is needless to talk about what a difference we will have once we have Jesus in our hearts.
  Folks, Jesus is not just a lazy sleeper. When he comes into our hearts, when he redeems our sins, and when he becomes our Master, we cannot help but be changed. You don't have to suffer pain to overcome sins, to defeat temptation, to read the Bible, and to pray. On the contrary, you will find yourselves suffering when you don't pray, or read the Bible and so on.
  Now, the point is that we can be cleansed of our sins so Jesus can come into our hearts without any resistance. Do you agree, folks? God, of course, exists everywhere. However, He can't take rest in every place. It is only in the heart without sin where He can rest. He can't come into sinners. Even if He could get in, it wouldn't be comfortable for Him.
  How then can our sins be washed white as snow? We read Genesis chapter 40. It is about the event which happened in prison when Joseph was there after he rejected the temptation from the wife of Potiphar. One day, the butler and the baker offended Pharaoh their Egyptian king, and were put in prison with Joseph. I had tried to understand but could not figure out what God was trying to say through this story until one day, when I was carefully reading this chapter, I found an amazing message. Now, let's read Genesis 40:1.
  "And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt."
  Two people show up in Genesis 40:1, don't they? Who are they? The butler and the baker. The great king Pharaoh had a lot of ministers such as a horse keeper, dresser, butler, baker, and so on. The Bible says two ministers offended the lord. Who was the worse offender? There is no mention of this in the Bible. It just says both of them were offensive. We don't even know what they did. Anyway, they offended their lord, and were put in jail.
  Now folks! An interesting fact is that Genesis chapter 40 starts with the two same sinners in prison, but it ends with one saved and the other condemned and killed. Who was saved, and who was cursed? Exciting, isn't it? Both of them were imprisoned. Why was one man saved while the other was killed? Folks, the kingdom of heaven is not for the man who is a sinner. With the same sin, some are saved, and some are condemned. Nobody goes to hell because of too many sins. And nobody goes to heaven because their sins are few in number. When Jesus was nailed to death on the cross, of the two robbers next to him, one was saved, and the other was cursed.
  Now, do you understand why God wrote Genesis 40 to us? These two ministers, the butler and the baker, symbolize two kinds of people in this world. Every single person on Earth sins. Some of them are to be saved, and some of them are to be condemned. I believe this is the message the chapter is trying to deliver.
  All of you have sinned. Now how do you know if you are to be saved or condemned? Do you have to wait until you die and stand before judgment? No. God gave us this chapter to teach us if our belief is like the butler's, we are saved, and if our belief is like the baker's, we are cursed. Which category do you belong to? Are you like the butler or the baker?
  Folks, to be saved we have to know the fact that when He saves us, He does it Himself, and He doesn't need our help at all. When He created the cosmos, did He create human beings first, or last? He did it last. Why did He make us last? If He had created us first, and the other things later, we would have meddled in His creation.
  "Oh my God! This ocean is too big. What is this huge space for?"
  "God, don't make this river too deep. We might be drowned."
  "My goodness! This rock is too heavy. Make it lighter."
  Once upon a time, a man was lying down and taking a rest under a chestnut tree after working hard. Just before he fell asleep, he talked to himself while looking up at the chestnut tree.
  'Did God create the world? It doesn't make sense at all. What a stupid job He did! Why did He make such small nuts in a huge chestnut tree, while tiny vines bear huge pumpkins? If I were God, I would have made huge chestnuts in huge trees, and small pumpkins on small plants.'
  In the middle of complaining, he fell asleep. After a while, a chestnut burr dropped and stuck on his forehead. With pain and surprise, he woke up. And even before he pulled out the burr from his skin, he knelt down on his knees and said,
  "Thank God. If the nut were as big as a pumpkin, my head would have been broken into pieces. Thanks for making nuts so small."
  Folks, we don't understand His wisdom, do we? We go our own way innumerable times, against God without any idea of what He has prepared for us. God wants to save us from our sin, but when we believe our thoughts and methods are right, we complain and block His will. That is why many people can't get saved.
  When God created the world, He didn't need any help from man. After He finished everything in six days, man was created. When Adam opened his eyes for the first time, what was God doing? Was He in a hurry to create the heavens and the earth? He was resting after His works. There was rest and peace between God and man. Do you know why this happy relationship was broken? Because man was not satisfied, and tried to be better. When Adam ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil to become like God, the relationship was broken and misery and suffering came upon him. Was that right? Was what he tried to do good for us? Never. We, unfortunately, are nothing but his offspring. We can't be saved for the same reason Adam was kicked out of Eden. We are always trying to do something to become better.
  When Jesus was on earth, he bestowed grace and blessed people. But only a few people came to him to be blessed. The people who believed they were good were hostile to him, and wanted to kill Him. Those without any ability and strength, such as the woman caught in adultery, the Samaritan woman, the man with an infirmity for 38 years, and the lepers, came up before Jesus and received grace and a blessing. You can't be forgiven of your sin, not because you are unable to do anything good, but because you think you are able to do something good. God does not have a chance to work when you believe in your abilities and are trying to be a good person.
  There was a French lady. She lived alone with only a white pig as a pet. A lot of people these days have dogs, cats, and even snakes as pets. Some people keep snakes in their cars to protect their property from robbers.
  Anyway, this lady treated the pig like a family member, eating together at the same dining table, taking a bath together, and sleeping together in the same bed. When it came time to mark the pig's birthday, she bought the pig the most expensive perfume, the kind sold only to the richest people. At every chance, she bathed the pig in milk and sprayed the perfume on it. One day she had to travel by herself for several days.
  "I'm terribly sorry, piggy. I will be back as soon as possible."
  She prepared enough food on the table before she left. Of course, she didn't forget to put the perfume on the pig. During the trip, she couldn't concentrate on her work because she worried about the pig. She came back home in a rush and looked for the pig in order to give it a hug. But she couldn't find the pig anywhere. It was not in the bathroom, the kitchen, nor the bedrooms. She cried and blamed herself saying, "It's my fault, I was not supposed to leave it alone." But she didn't give up and decided to look outside. She checked under the trees in the garden, and everywhere else until at last she found the pig going 'oink, oink' in a dirty sewer tank. She felt distressed to see her pig in the sewer with such an expensive perfume on.
  "Get out of there, piggy!" But the pig wouldn't move an inch and had the happiest face.
  The Bible mentions 'A gold ring for a pig's nose.' In this case 'Perfume for the pig.' Folks, the pig inherently likes dirty places. The pig will go back to dirty places even with the most expensive perfumes on, if we can't reform its nature. It's the same for people like us. Adorning ourselves with a nice looking hair style, beautiful make-up, expensive clothes, diamond rings, etc. This won't change us at all when we are filthy inside with sins. It should be really wearying for pigs when we bathe them in milk, put perfume on them, get them to wear diapers, and sleep with them in bed. They would rather be in a sewer or in slop water.
  Under the control of sin, you will feel more comfortable when you drink, gamble, and commit sins. Many people are bored of worshiping an hour every week. If they feel happy with worshiping God, why do they complain that one hour is too long? Because of the complaints, sermons are being made shorter twenty minutes or even fifteen minutes. In Seoul, the early service is quite popular. People go to church from seven o'clock to half past at the earliest service. They don't want to fail to attend a service because they are scared of having a car accident if they go on a picnic instead of the service on Sundays. With their car trunks filled with a BBQ and portable gas ranges, they go to church while their children are waiting in the cars.
  The kids are anxious for their parents to come back from the service. Worship becomes a burden to them. Sitting back in church, complaining about long preaching, they leave church like birds freed from cages as soon as the service is over. They start their cars, step on the accelerator, and take off. Are they interested in worship, or in leisure? This way of life represents our true hearts.
  Does everything become okay if a sinful person goes to church wearing his best suit, a nice looking hair style, and fancy jewelry? No! The inside must be changed. Inside! Jesus himself often cursed the religious people saying,
  "You are like whitewashed tombs. Did not He who made the outside make the inside also? Your insides are filled with uncleanness."
  His words are not only for the scribes and Pharisees, but also for you if you are not cleansed of your sin. Does baptism do any good when you have an evil nature in your heart? Does being a deacon or an elder mean anything if you are full of sin? No way! That is like expensive perfume on pigs. That is why people live two lives; saints in church and worldly men outside the church. The light of Christianity is diminishing. We live in a generation in which we don't see the bright light of Christianity.
  Folks, I am asking you sincerely. Don't try to be a superficial Christian without solving your sin inside. I have been working as a pastor for several years and am well known as the 'Redemption Reverend'. Many people visit me for counseling regarding their sins. Some of them have been so-called Christians from their mothers' wombs. Some of them are deacons, elders, and on rare occasions, even pastors. I tell them,
  "Sorry, Mr. Elder, but elders cannot be cleansed."
  "Why not elder? Does the Bible say that?"
  "Sure! Do you know who can be forgiven? A sinner." No where in the Bible is forgiveness of sin for one who is without sin. Only sinners can be forgiven. Even the best lifeguard cannot save people who are not drowning. God wants to save sinners. But He cannot save a man who believes he is not a sinner. "Are you an elder or a sinner? You choose." I have never read it in the Bible that an elder got cleansed. Deacons must become sinners if they wish to be forgiven. Elders must be sinners to be saved from sin. Even pastors must be sinners if they want to be cleansed of their sins.
  When I ask if anyone wants to come to me and be saved, they become reluctant. Why? they don't want other people to know they are sinners.
  Naaman, commander of the army of Syria, was asked to wash his body seven times in the Jordan. He retorted.
  "What? How can I take off my clothes and show the leprosy on me to other people?"
  He deserved to hear, "You are not ready to be cured. Go home and do as you wish!"
  Forgiveness of sin is so easy for some people; but it is hard for other people. The one who is desperate, who has nothing to rely on, and who knows he deserves to be condemned, can be saved from sin with ease. How about the ones who are intelligent, outstanding, and who believe they live a good life? They are millions of miles away from grace. They like to decorate their outside like perfume on a pig's skin. They are good at serving the church, cleaning the church floors and windows, donating money for all kinds of events, and recommending neighbors to their church. However, they are averse to accept this suggestion: "Why don't you confess you are a sinner and ask the Lord to save you from sin?"
  Folks, tons of neon crosses are seen at night in every city of Korea. I don't know how many churches we have in Korea. The poor as well as the rich give a good amount of money to build luxurious church buildings. Every church was founded with their tears and sincerities. They perform these kinds of good deeds. But when they are asked to cleanse their sins, they walk away one by one. I believe some of you have given time, talent, and money beyond your abilities without being redeemed of your sins. There are lots of people who fast and pray all night for their churches without first cleansing their sins. This is the one thing that gives pain and frustration to the Lord.
  Do you know what Isaiah said?
  "Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you; yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood" (Isaiah 1:10-15).
  Isaiah mentioned it clearly. No other book in the Old Testament describes redemption of sin more clearly than Isaiah. Chapters 44, 53, and others talk about the cleansing of sin. God said there that He won't accept tithes, prayers, and whatever else is offered to Him before sins are cleansed.
  "Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God ... " (Isaiah 59:1-2)
  He said He wouldn't accept a sinner's offering. As you know, God, in the Old Testament period, did not receive offerings with blemishes such as lameness or ringworm. What does this teach us? God does not accept any offerings or worship from the one who is not redeemed. Now some who have gone astray from God, hold an image which seems clean on the surface but their inner selves are full of sins. Do you think they can go to heaven? Are they with Jesus? Can God stay in their hearts? No way. Let me say again. It is perfume for the pig.
  How can you be saved then? I am going to talk about how you can be cleansed and stand before God.
  In Genesis chapter 40, the butler was saved while the baker was destroyed, even though they were both offenders. You have to understand the reason for having the right faith. You can be freed from prison if you have the same faith as the butler's. But if your faith is like the baker's, you must turn around immediately to that of the butler's.
  In Genesis chapter 40:1, both committed an offense. Judgment, however, in the last part of the chapter, came out exactly the opposite. The butler got saved, and the baker was condemned. Now, should there be any reason why one was saved, while the other was killed? Yes, the answer should be there. No other book in the world is more systematic and better organized than the Bible. Let's assume we are solving a problem in an elementary math book. The first number in a sequence is 30. The next one is ( ), and the next is 50. What is the right answer? It is 40. That is the logic of the Bible. I believe God wrote the Bible to give us an answer so we could have faith like the butler's. Now, look at the Bible. Genesis 40:2-3 say,
  "And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers. And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound."
  We here have to find out why the butler got saved. And we must know why the baker was condemned. I am sure that you have the same Bible as mine. Look into the Bible and tell me why the butler got saved. Do you read anywhere that the butler in prison regretted and repented? Did he have any suffering from his sin, or did he shed tears of sorrow? Nothing. Weird? God must have mentioned this story to tell us the most important way to get saved. What do you think? Most people think we must pray earnestly, spread the gospel, repent with tears, and so on.
  Folks, if God had wanted it, the butler would have gotten up early in the morning to repent with tears. There should have been some mention of his works in the Bible. However, to our surprise, we cannot see a single word regarding the butler's repentance.
  These days, a lot of people think they have to do something to be saved. In the Bible, however, we can't find any word like that. What did the butler do? Did he shed tears, repent, or regret? Sorry, but there is no mention at all of this in the Bible. Now then, am I saying we don't need to repent? Is there no need to shed tears? No need to pray? I am not saying that. I am not saying we don't need to repent. I am not saying we don't need prayer. I am not saying we don't need to read the Bible. I am not saying we don't need to serve other people or the church either. What I am saying is those things have nothing to do with salvation. Those are not the necessary conditions to be saved.
  Now, we have to find out the difference between the baker who was cursed and the butler who was saved. What is the difference? By carefully reading the chapter, I saw that the only difference was in the dreams they dreamed. When Joseph came to them in the morning, they looked so sad.
  "Why do you officers look so sad? Are you worried about something?"
  "Well, we each had a dream, but we can't interpret them at all."
  "Interpretation belongs to Jehovah; Tell me the dreams."
  The butler told Joseph his entire dream.
  "Behold, in my dream a vine was before me, and in the vine were three branches; it was as though it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and its clusters brought forth ripe grapes. Then Pharaoh's cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand."
  Joseph, after hearing the butler, said that it was a good dream. Both of them were bewildered, and asked him why.
  "The three branches are three days. Now within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your place."
  Folks, now we have to find out again why his dream was suitable for salvation. The butler took the grapes and pressed them. I didn't know the meaning of what he did at first because I am not an intelligent man. Once in a while I encounter problems in which I can't extract the exact message out of the Bible. In this case, God allowed me to understand after I prayed and read it in connection with the other books in the Bible.
  The vine denotes Jesus Christ. Jesus is the true vine that gives us life. Standing up before the king means standing before God, King of kings. The butler had nothing to offer to the king. This indicates that we have nothing good to present before God. He saw, in his dream, the ripe grapes. He took them and pressed them to get juice. The wine he offered to his king typifies the blood of Jesus which He shed after He was nailed and torn to the cross.
  The butler's dream can be interpreted as follows: 'God! I have nothing of value to bring forth before You. I am just coming to you with only by faith in Christ's precious blood. Please accept me because of the blood.' This is our confession of faith. We should not have anything else when we stand before Him. Your tithe, your forty day fast, your relief for the poor, ... doesn't make up salvation.
  Folks, if you rely only on the precious blood of Jesus Christ, it is the yardstick by which God saves us. People add other things on top of the blood. Some of them add 20 percent of their good work, 40 percent, or even 60 percent while they are saying they believe in the power of the blood of Jesus, almighty God. Others add only 1 percent of their work. It can't be received either. Even a little bit of their works, or good deeds to the blood doesn't make up salvation. We must depend only on the precious blood Jesus shed on the cross.
  That is the message of the butler's dream. He had nothing but an empty cup to offer to his king. He had to have worried a lot. We can imagine how happy he was when he saw the vine. It budded, its blossoms shot forth, and its clusters brought forth ripe grapes in seconds. He plucked and pressed them, and brought the wine forth to the king with happiness. When we are so discouraged to find that we lack power, we must look to the blood of Jesus Christ that cleansed our sins, so we can stand with great joy before God because of His blood. This is the faith of the butler.
  Dear folks, none of us live without sin. We cannot live without violating the laws God commanded. That is why He sent us His son, Jesus. The precious blood shed from His forehead, His two hands, His sides, and His feet has more than enough power to wash our sins away. We have got to rely only on His precious blood.
  If Jesus couldn't have washed your sin, you would have had to take on the suffering yourself. When you believe He did only half, you have to make an effort to clean up the other half yourself. However, if you believe Jesus did it completely for you, you can't be a sinner any longer by any other means. Therefore He calls you the righteous. He calls you just, not because your works are virtuous, not because you are committing just a few sins, not because you repent with tears, but because His Son, Jesus Christ shed His precious blood to cleanse your sins and make you righteous.
  Jesus Christ on the cross washed away every aspect of our sin. He washed our sins forever. Many people are, nevertheless, trying to come to God with their noble works without relying on Him. When something is well done, they come to God. When something is badly done, they become discouraged. It is our mind that changes hundreds of times everyday. We commit innumerable sins every day. With these kinds of works, we cannot stand before God. I want you to know it. We smile in the morning, frown in the evening. We feel good when we leave church after the Sunday morning service, but get frustrated as soon as we get home. We find ourselves depressed when we go to church after a week of worldly life. This is what we are like. Sometimes we think we can go to heaven, but sometimes not. That is the reason why we should not rely on ourselves. Our works are destined to be condemned. The grace of God is the only thing for us to depend on.
  Folks, let's suppose I, Pastor Park, died today. A person may say, "That's too bad." The others might say, "That's life." Anyway, they will hold a funeral. They will either bury me or cremate me. Then I will go to the Lord. I will leave this world singing hymns.
  Suppose, I am now before the judgment of God. Satan shows up and says, "I am so glad to meet you. I have been waiting for you for a long time. Sit there."
  And he opens his case against me.
  "Lord, Pastor Park was born on such a date in such a place in Korea. He was born with a strong inclination to sin, so it is not easy to enumerate all the sins he committed. Let me get started. He raided a peanut field on this date, stole dried persimmons, fought with someone, on that date told a lie, swore at someone..."
  While I hear the prosecution, I realize again how bad I was. It might take several years for Satan to address the court.
  "That is not all, Lord. He is shrewd ... So I wish you to throw him into hell."
  Satan finishes his prosecution and Jesus shows up after him. He says, "Don't worry, Ock Soo Park. I am here for you. Do not worry. Father, I accept the sins of Park whom Satan has prosecuted. But please take a look at My scarred sides for a second. How did these spear scars come about? Again, why do I have scars from a thorny crown on My forehead and scars from nails on My hands? Isn't this good evidence to prove I received the penalty for the sins of Park that Satan outlined? Didn't I get cursed on a cross for him? Get out of here, Satan! Angels! Welcome Ock Soo Park without any delay."
  "BORABOP BOBOLA-BOP", the trumpets blare.
  "Where is the crown prepared for him?"
  "Here you are, Lord."
  This is just conjecture. I am not sure that it is going to happen exactly as I said. Anyway, when I am bestowed a crown, I will wear it for no more than five minutes. After taking photos, and a video, I will take it off and offer it to Jesus. I will say, "Lord, by all means, I should give you this crown. What did I do for this crown, Lord? You washed my sins, you gave me the word, and you gave me grace. I didn't do anything. This crown is for you. Please accept it." I will put the crown before his feet, and I will just look at the photos and watch the video tape.
  Folks, Jesus Christ, our Lord, completely washed away our sins. He cleansed us so spotlessly that Satan cannot prosecute us. Hallelujah! If His precious blood did not wash our sins, He died for nothing. That means the blood He shed on the cross is unclean. But He did not die in vain. He washed our sins so clearly. Jesus' blood is so powerful that we don't have to add on our good works. We don't have to be punished again. God is satisfied with the curse Jesus received. So a shameful and disgraceful man like me can stand proudly before God with the power of Jesus' precious blood. I look like nothing now; but someday I will have angels as my guards and servants.
  "Angel!"
  "Yes, sir!"
  "Bring me some tooth paste."
  "Take down the second fruit from the top of the tree of life. let me taste it."
  I like to eat. I have a big mouth.
  Anyway, where we get this grace is from His precious blood only. The reason why many people don't enjoy God's grace is that they try to add something else and mix it with the precious blood of Jesus. Now take away your own ways and thoughts and depend on the blood only.
  Joseph interpreted the butler's dream.
  "This is a real lucky dream. The three branches are three days. You will be released within three days. When you are restored to your place, remember me. Don't forget me, please."
  The baker next to the butler said with a beaming smile,
  "I dreamed also."
  "What is it? Tell me."
  "Mine is similar to his. I had three baskets of white bread on my head ... "
  He continued in high spirits.
  "In the uppermost basket there were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, and the birds ate them out of the basket on my head."
  "This is not a good dream."
  "Why not?"
  "The three baskets are three days. Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head from you and hang you on a tree; and the birds will eat your flesh from you."
  This is a terrible story!
  The white bread in the baskets means nothing but Jesus Christ. When we celebrate the Lord's supper, we need wine and bread. Jesus is the bread of life! Only bread is needed to stand before God. Our problem is our bad habit of putting something else on top of the bread. The bird in the sky is Satan. There are lots of words in the Bible which have more than one meaning. The word 'capital' means several things such as capital city, capital letter, and money. Lamb in the Bible symbolizes Jesus Christ as well as believers. It's the same for the birds. In some places birds indicate saints. In this chapter, however, the birds signify Satan as they do in Matthew chapter 13 where they devoured seeds scattered by the wayside.
  We should stand before God only with the bread, which is Jesus. However, we always add the other things that look good to us, and so God can't accept us. Accordingly, we are to be destroyed.
  We studied why the butler symbolizes the people who are saying,
  "Since I don't have anything to boast about, please receive me simply because of Jesus Christ who shed His blood on the cross and washed away all my sins."
  In the meantime, the people like the butler insist that even though Jesus died on the cross, they must strive to do something good themselves. The Bible reminds us that believers like them are entitled to be cursed and to perish.
  Listen carefully! That is why the zealots like the scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees persecuted Jesus when He was on this earth. The people who received Jesus were all sinners an adulterous woman, a Samaritan woman, lepers, and so on. Not being able to do good works is not the problem. In many cases, doing good work is a source of problems in our faith. When we really don't know what to do, Jesus can do it for us. Jesus washes our sins when we can't. But He can't do anything while we are trying to wash our sins with our own works.
  Dear folks, although excrements are filthy, it is not a big problem to see them in restrooms. That is the place for excrements. But, how would you like it when it's on your diningroom table? Do you see the correlation? Tons of sinners in this ungodly world don't make a big deal. However, not a single sinner can get to heaven. You must remember this. Therefore, you should have your sins washed before you go to the kingdom of heaven. You have to wash your sins before you serve your churches, before you give any offerings and before you sacrifice yourself for the Lord.
  One day, Leonardo Da Vinci found a big rock on the hill close to his house. He spent all day staring at it, then went home after dark. For several days, all he did was stare at the rock. All of a sudden, he started to break the rock with a hammer and a chisel. He kept on doing this without stopping. One of his friends asked,
  "My dear friend! What in the world are you doing?"
  "You are looking at it. Look here!"
  "I see nothing but a rock."
  "Does this look like just a rock to you?"
  "What else could it be?"
  "No way. There is an angel inside the rock. I am breaking the rock to deliver the angel."
  He kept on hammering and chiseling on the rock. As a day, a week, and a month passed, the shape of the angel was forming as he had said. An angel appeared when he had finished his job. He saw an angel that looked like just a normal rock to other people.
  Jesus considers us as people in the image of God even though we are poor, ignorant, and humble. Jesus on the cross took away our evil and dirty sins that covered us, just as Leonardo Da Vinci hammered and chiseled the rock to uncover the beautiful angel. That is how the image of god is revealed in us. Jesus wants to wash our sins as Leonardo Da Vinci broke the rock. He wants to deliver us from the worries and unhappiness in our daily lives. He wishes to take away our sadness and suffering so that He can give us the peace and satisfaction which belongs only to Him. Believe in Jesus Christ! Trust Him!
  It is time to wrap up my sermon for an invitation hour. The only thing I want to speak of is that Jesus Christ saved me from my filthy sins. The day was October 7, 1962. Today is October 8. So I was saved from sin exactly twenty-five years ago, yesterday. As I did, I wish every single one of you would also receive the 'forgiveness of sin' by Jesus' precious blood. That is all I desire for you. Taste the happiness you will have when He comes into you. I took a shower after dinner this evening. I found myself singing a hymn while washing my hair.
  Without Him I could do nothing,
  Without Him I'd surely fail;
  Without Him I would be drifting
  Like a ship without a sail,
  Jesus, O Jesus!
  Do you know Him today?
  You can't turn Him away;
  O Jesus, O Jesus,
  Without Him how lost I would be.
  This hymn is my testimony. Sometimes I reminisce about my life without Jesus before 1962. I was wondering, disheartened, and sad while in deep sin. However, I have been changed day by day since Jesus came into me. The only reason I can stand before you is because of Jesus Christ. This is only because He was nailed to death on the cross, and washed the sins of every one. I was a young man without hope. I wished to kill myself. I was so frustrated that I decided to join the army. Even the army rejected me because I had a broken front tooth. I was good for nothing in this world. Only Jesus received me. He wants to receive you, folks. He wishes to hug you with His warm arms.
  Folks, receive the 'forgiveness of sin.' Come forward to Him, and wash away your sin. I am sure you will be changed.
  
  
  
  
  
  6. Eternal Redemption
  
  
  "For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices, which they offered year by year continually, make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins"(Hebrews 10:1-4).
  Skip a bit, and let's read verse 10.
  "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin"(Hebrews 10:10-18).
  Up to now, I have been talking about what we should do to be forgiven of our sins. This morning and evening I will explain how our sins are solved. From Genesis to Revelation, many places in the Bible mention it. I will summarize them while we locate some phrases as we go on. And whenever I pose a question, I want you to answer to yourselves without speaking out loud. I wish you can accept the gospel in your hearts, not as a fact of knowledge in your brains.
  Folks, I live in Daechi-dong in Seoul. My home is not far from the Olympic stadium, it's walking distance. During the Asian Games, I experienced a great inconvenience due to the traffic. Newspapers headlined that the Games were finished with a big success. They said they measured up to 0.01 seconds, and transferred the information to the press center in seconds. I am not good at high-tech things, but I am enjoying the convenience of those things.
  From sometime, we have used semiconductors which was considered totally useless because it was not conductors, nor non-conductors. However, thanks to the semiconductor revolution, we could have a lot of appliances and machines. Now we cannot imagine our daily life without semiconductors in computers and calculators. Discovery of the semiconductor made it possible to invent so many convenient machinery. Now we are recording this conference with Camcorders. I would like to put the video tapes of the conferences and meetings in my VCR and watch them later. Whenever I miss you folks, I will watch the tapes we are now recording.
  Anyway, we have such a sophisticated machine that we can take photos of our organs the heart, the livers, and the stomach. Unfortunately, however, we have not been able to invent a machine that can look into our minds. I don't know if one will ever be made later, but I will be the first man that will buy one no matter what fortune it might cost me. I will install it at the entrance of our church, and inspect the hearts of the people who are coming in as the security guards examine our baggages through X-Ray tunnels at the airport before we board the airplanes.
  Let's suppose you visit my church, and I sit back in my chair with my eyes glued on the screen of the machine.
  "Oh my God! You, Elder Kim, still have sins. Why don't you come over here. Let's have a discussion."
  As I show the photo of his dark heart,
  "This is your heart which still has filthy sins. Repent!"
  Doesn't it sound great, folks?
  "Brother Lee, come over here. Let me take a photo of you to check if you have good faith."
  "Click."
  "Great! All your sins were cleansed."
  I am sure that I would have a long line of people who would want to see what their hearts look if their sins are washed away. How about five thousand dollars a shot? Too expensive? How about five hundred? Anyway it would be really great if I had that kind of machine. Even though we have to examine our hearts for our sins, we cannot find any cameras to do it.
  Now, let's see what the Bible says about our hearts.
  "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9)
  It said who can know it.
  Interesting is that the Bible is the mirror of our hearts. I knew a Korean nurse who was saved in Germany although she had gone to church in Korea before she moved there. Is her salvation German made because she was saved in Germany? No! Salvation in Germany is exactly the same as the one in Korea. Every single salvation is made in heaven. Anyway, she was so happy with the salvation she received, and she asked one of the German missionaries who used to work in Korea,
  "Do you know any pastors who teaches the correct way of forgiveness of sin?"
  He told her that he knew Pastor Ock Soo Park in Taegu City who spoke about the forgiveness of sin. The sister sent me a letter.
  "Pastor Park! I was saved in this manner etc. and you were introduced to me by a certain missionary. Send me the schedule if you have an evangelistic conference in near future."
  As a matter of fact, we have numerous meetings every year including several big ones in major cities in Korea. When I received the letter from her we were preparing a conference in Taegu city. And I sent her a letter to inform her that an evangelistic conference would take place on certain days. She wanted her father to be there. So she called her father to ask him to attend the conference.
  "Father! Please make sure you attend the conference without failure."
  He lives in Namhae area, and was the owner of Namhae Busline. He was an old Confucian temple goer. He discussed there what Confucius said, or what Mancius said. He fell in a dilemma between his daughter's earnest invitation and his hatred of Jesus' followers. He was in hesitation and couldn't decide. His daughter had a co-worker who planned to visit Korea during the vacation.
  "I will pay for half of your airplane ticket. I want you to escort my father to the conference."
  She offered her friend a good amount of money to make sure her father would be at the conference.
  That's how he attended the conference. He was like a cow in a slaughter's house. He came to me, and introduced himself to me to let his daughter know that he was there. As the conference went, he became more and more bored.
  "They always say Jesus did good works. Whatelse do they have to talk about?"
  He couldn't wait to go home, but he was just killing time because he didn't want his daughter to be disappointed when he gave up in the middle of the conference. He was wandering around the place with his face frowned, and complaining. Since he had nothing to do, he was just peeping around in one group of people after another until Thursday night which was the last night of the conference.
  I was surrounded by a group of people, who were talking about redemption after a formal evening preaching. He was again so bored and had nothing else to do at all that he had to listen to me. The Holy Spirit works in real stunning ways. We talked a lot, but one word is enough for Him to work with. The old man could understand the secret of forgiveness in the middle of my explanation for the other people. Hallelujah! He even asked if we could extend the conference. Anyway he went home with a mouth opened big with happiness.
  Sometime later, he called me.
  "Pastor, I don't want to bother you. But when you have a chance to travel around my place, please stop by my house."
  I visited him because I knew he wanted me in his house so eagerly. He received me with all his heart. He prepared food for me of expensive raw fish. He said the fish from his area taste the best because of clean water there. In fact, I have suffered whenever I visit people in coastal areas because I am not a man who loves raw fish.
  Anyway, after dinner he told me,
  "Pastor, I had really enjoyed archery with other old friends in my neighborhood until I went to the conference. After I came back, I could read through the Bible in about a month."
  He spent his time in reading a strange book(?), the Bible, which time was supposed to be for archery and chatting with his old friends in Confucian temple. How amazingly the Holy Spirit works? He continued,
  "And I noticed that there are some strange stories in the Bible."
  "What stories do you mean?"
  "When I read the Confucian books, I was taught only good things like 'Endurance makes no enemy.' In the Bible, there are lots of good stories, but there are also some odd ones."
  "What are those?"
  "I read the affairs between a father and daughter-in-law, between daughter and her own father, and so on. Why were those written in the holy book?"
  Folks, you know these stories in the Bible, don't you? Judah lay with Tamar, his daughter-in-law, and she gave birth to a son. Lot had a relationship with his daughters. Brother with sister ... Pastors get all kinds of questions.
  "I thought the Bible is a holy book, but I read some strange stories. I cannot read them because it makes me blush. Pastor, tell me why those things should be in the Bible."
  It is not an easy question to answer.
  One day a teacher invited questions from her classroom.
  "If you have any questions, ask."
  "Teacher, how many hairs are there on my head?"
  "You bad boy, questions regarding only text books we are studying."
  "How many letters in our text books?"
  If his question was like this, I would not have answered. But he was the man who threw away everything he had thought important, and became a new believer. I could not just say that I didn't know. This was the hardest situation a pastor could be in. I prayed for a second for help from the Lord.
  "Lord, I am so stupid that I cannot answer his question. Please give me wisdom to answer him. He really wants to know."
  The Lord was good enough to give me an answer immediately.
  "Mr. Choe, that is why the Bible is different from the other books."
  "Do you mean those odd stories make the Bible superior to the other books?"
  "Listen! Let me explain to you."
  "Let's suppose I died. And my students, fellow pastors, or my children write a book about my life. I believe they must say, if possible, only good things I did even though I did lots of bad deeds as well. Do you agree with me? They must try to hide my bad deeds as much as possible. The Bible, however, is called the mirror of our minds. Accordingly, the Bible reveals our hearts exactly the way it is. People who are lecherous pretend to be a gentleman. With hatred, they say "Hello" with smiles on their faces. We can find all kinds of stories including some dirty ones in the Bible. That shows what our minds are. I don't believe you have affairs with your family members. However, all of us have lechery in our hearts. The Bible wants to uncover our minds, and wants us to recognize it. The Bible wouldn't mention it, if we didn't have dirty thoughts in us. The Bible is talking about that, because we are full of dirty things."
  He said after my explanation.
  "Amazing! The Bible is the real true book. Confucius talked only about good things such as dignity or honor."
  The Bible is the true one. He has been reading the Bible with more sincerity ever since.
  Folks, I am not talking about how we built our great church building. I am not talking about our nice looking church expansion plan, either. I am going to talk about how to solve the problems in our hearts. I wish I could show you your hearts on photo. It is not easy to explain what our hearts are like. During the first evening of this conference after my preaching, one student came to me and asked,
  "What is sin? Could you explain to me what sin is?"
  I gave him some illustrations to make him understand what sin was.
  "How could those be sins?"
  "Well, it is not easy to understand sin because it cannot be seen with our eyes. But one thing is clear that everyone has sins."
  If we could see sins physically, everybody could understand with ease. For instance, when we place a little drop of blood from a typhoid fever patient on a microscope, we can see a lot of bacilli moving around. Unfortunately, however, sin cannot be detected with X-Ray, or with any kind of blood tests. At the same token, even after our sins are treated completely, there is no physical evidence of the result. This is sin. However, we are blessed enough to have one that can bear testimony; that is nothing but God's word.
  People these days don't rely on God's word to check if their sins were cleansed. Lots of people have the wrong faith; they believe they were saved from their sins when they prayed, when they started to speak in tongues, when they prophesied, or when they felt something hot in their hearts. That is just superstition. We should know that the superstition is going around in churches. Feeling good doesn't mean 'forgiveness'. Feeling not good or bad doesn't mean 'unforgiveness', either. We have to know how to cleanse our sins regardless of our feelings. Do you understand?
  Folks, the Lord wanted to wash all our sins. And He also showed us the whole procedure of the cleaning process of sin so logically and so clearly that anyone who is exposed to the gospel should exclaim "Aha." That's why He gave us sixty-six books of the Bible. Since ordinary men don't have the ability to understand the Bible by himself for their salvations, they need teachers who know the Bible, and can explain them the gospel. It is the pastors who do this job, born again pastors who have experienced the forgiveness of sin and being born again.
  When your sins are washed away, you will become a totally new person; you will love the Word like honey, cherish worship time, and live a good life full of love, joy, and peace. When we tell a person who hasn't had his sins cleansed "Don't commit sins", "Don't steal", "Don't forget to give your tithe", or "Read the Bible everyday" these requests can be nothing but a burden to him, and can never change him fundamentally.
  But new born again brothers and sisters through this conference feel themselves totally different by virtue of the Holy Spirit. Thank God, we have some new people who experienced it with us. They could find themselves totally changed over night. This is why 'The Secret of Forgiveness of Sin and Being Born Again' is so important. In other words, the perfect and entire cleansing of all your sins is a must, by all means.
  I had a chance to look around this auditorium the other day. This is one of the best buildings in this area. I was so impressed to read the monument of this building. They said this building was built to be used for spreading the gospel and education of young students in the Pusan area. Thank God for allowing me an opportunity to preach in a nice building like this. Folks, this microphone works well and sounds good, doesn't it? The amplifier in this building should be a real good one.
  Anyway, can this microphone make a sound if any point of this electric cord between the microphone and amplifier is severed? It cannot transmit sound. What shall I do in that case? I have to call for an electrician and have him reconnect it, so the microphone can make a good sound again. Likewise, you will be changed once the Holy Spirit enters into your heart. If you still love worldly things, and go after a fleshly life, there is something wrong. When the barrier is thrown away, from that very moment, we can walk along with Jesus Christ side by side.
  For the blessing is like this we invite you every night after the service to engage in personal spiritual counseling. Why is it necessary? Here we are in a hospital where we can see doctors. When a certain doctor has too many patients to handle, can he just throw them aspirins and let them go? He cannot do that. No matter how busy he may be, he must check up on the patients one by one. Whenever I have an evangelistic meeting, I never forget to come together with forty or fifty fellow pastors to give prescriptions according to the symptoms of sinners.
  We can find lots of verses mentioning redemption in the Bible, but I am going to talk about one place because of the limited time. However, this one should be more than enough to save a soul. In the Old Testament, many days after the exodus out of Egypt, the Israelites built the tabernacle. Moses was their leader.
  Now let's take a look at Hebrews 8:1.
  "Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such a high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount" (Hebrews 8:1-5).
  When you read the above verses, it is hard to understand, isn't it? Here we can see two tabernacles. Let's look at the second half of verse 1 and verse 2.
  "We have such a high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man."
  We can find the words 'sanctuary' and 'tabernacle' in verse 2. What is the adjective word for the tabernacle in verse 2? The tabernacle is the 'true' tabernacle. Did man make it? Or God? Yes, God made it. Let's see verse 5.
  "Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things ..."
  Now we can understand that there are two altars, two sanctuaries, two tabernacles, and two temples. Folks, have you ever heard that there are two temples? Some people might think there are a lot more than two churches even in this city alone. But here we talk about the other topic. There are two sanctuaries for offering, one of which is in heaven.
  Folks, there, in heaven is an altar and a sanctuary not made by man. And when the Israelite were in wilderness, they made another altar and sanctuary. Moses was called for this job.
  "Moses!"
  "Here I am, Lord."
  "You come up to the top of mountain Sinai."
  He went up there. Did you see the movie the 'Ten Commandments'? God gave him two tablets of commandments when Moses waited for forty days and nights without food and water. And God showed him the tabernacles in heaven. He saw the altar, table, ark of the covenant, laver, and so on. After that God ordered him.
  "Moses, you make the copy of the one I showed you on the earth."
  Now let's look at Hebrews 8:5.
  "Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things ..."
  I believe you can understand the above verse now.
  " ... as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount."
  With this verse, we know God ordered Moses to build a tabernacle, an ark, and an altar as he saw the ones in heaven. So he made the altar on the earth. Now, where is the original one? In heaven. The one he made was a copy. That meant the Israelites offered sacrifices for their sins as the copy or shadow of the real altar. The priests killed scapegoats and sprinkled blood. Let me explain to you how their sins were redeemed by the help of sacrifices.
  "And if any one of the common people sin through ignorance, while he doeth somewhat against any of the commandments of the Lord, concerning things which ought not to be done, and be guilty; Or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge; then he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he hath sinned. And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering, and slay the sin offering in the place of the burnt offering. And the priest shall take of the blood thereof with his finger, and put it upon the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and shall pour out all the blood thereof at the bottom of the altar. And he shall take away all the fat thereof, as the fat is taken away from off the sacrifice of peace offerings; and the priest shall burn it upon the altar for a sweet savour unto the Lord; and the priest shall make an atonement for him, and it shall be forgiven him" (Leviticus 4:27-31).
  We can see the words like altar, a place for the burnt offering which are the places in the tabernacle. In the Old Testament, it was prohibited to offer sacrifices at any place, like on the streets or in the mountains? They had to come to the altar for the offerings, without an exception.
  Now I am going to explain to you folks how their sins were forgiven at the altar as easily as I can. I'd like to have a brother and a sister up here. What I am saying now is so important that you must pay close attention. The way they got their sins forgiven is mentioned in the verses we just read. Let's suppose here this brother sinned.
  Let's read chapter 4 verse 27.
  "And if any one of the common people sin through ignorance, while he doeth somewhat against any of the commandments of the Lord, concerning things which ought not to be done, and be guilty; Or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge;"
  What we can learn here is that not everybody is qualified for this Atonement! Qualification requires one to be a sinner. First of all, only sinners can be forgiven. The clean man doesn't need any offering. Second, his sin must come to his knowledge. In other words, he should recognize that he is a sinner. He is now qualified. Now he needed a female goat without any blemishes to be killed for his sin because the Bible says the wages of sin is death.
  Now let's go back to the Old Testament days about 3500 years ago. And a brother and a sister up here will act as a sinner and a goat, female without blemish. We are now in the year 1500 BC. This brother, a sinner, came to the priest with this sister, and with a goat without any blemishes. Without 'blemish' means clean, perfect, without sin. Who has sin, this man or this goat? The man. Where should God's wrath be? On the sinner. But, the sinner says,
  "Sorry, goat, I want you to be killed on my behalf for my sin."
  That's why he came to the priest with a goat. Though we have a sinner and a scapegoat without blemish, to make the goat suitable for death, she should become a sinner. No punishment is possible for anything without sin. How, then, can we transfer his sin to the goat? If sin were visible like physical object surch as a ball-point pen or an over-coat, we could just throw it away or take it off. Only one who can see sin is God.
  Let's look at the verses 28 and 29.
  "Or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge; then he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he hath sinned. And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering ..."
  The sin offering here means the goat, and the sinner must put his hand on the offering. Why does he have to do that? The electricity is made in a power plant. And we connect with electric lines between the plant and our place to get supplied with electricity. How can we transfer our sins to the offerings? Leviticus 16:21 says that the sins could be transferred by laying hands on the head of the sin offering. That's why they laid hands on the sacrifice, so that the goat could be killed for the sinners.
  Now, we are going to act out an atonement ceremony. Let us suppose that I am a priest. I order, "You sinner should lay your hands on the head of the sacrifice to transfer your sin."
  The sinner lays his hands on the sacrifice. Then, was his sin transferred to the offering? Did you see his sin was being transferred? We could not see anything happen while he was laying his hands on the sacrifice. We cannot see it even with a magnifying glass. Because we believe the fact that we can see. But we can see it with our eyes of faith because God said so. Whether you believe it or not, it depends on you. The Bible doesn't say, "You, idiot, don't go to hell. Why do you want to go to hell?" He gave us our own will.
  Can you believe the sin was transferred when the sinner laid his hands on the sacrifice? If it wasn't, God becomes a liar. Let me ask you. Does God lie? We sometimes greet people saying "Glad to meet you" even though we hate to see them. A lot of times, fishermen exaggerate the size of fish they caught. The size of fish could be bigger or smaller depending on their minds. God is different from the fishermen. He just says black is black, and white is white. He said the sin was transferred just because He said it was transferred, nothing else. Do you believe God like this? If you cannot, I cannot help you, either. Because, nobody can replace your faith. If I could, I would put my faith in your hearts with gladness. But it is impossible.
  Now the sinner laid his hands on the sacrifice, and the sin was transferred. Is there any sin left in the sinner? How about this goat? As for God's word, the man has no sin in him, but the goat became the sin vehicle. Let's see what the priest does on the goat, the new sinner? The priest stabs deep into the artery of the goat with a sharp dagger. The offering falls down bleeding. The priest takes some blood of the goat with his fingers, and puts it on the horns of the altar. The wages of sin is death. "Lord, one life died for the sinner." As an evidence, he put the blood on the altar, and poured the rest of the blood at the base of the altar. And he finishes his procedure with the burning of the dung and entrails of the offering. Now the sinner became clean. What we have been talking about is the sin offering sacrifice in Old Testament days. This is the sacrifice for sin. Now is this man righteous? Without sin? He became righteous without sin on that day. So he now lives with happiness.
  Time passes one hour, one day, and ten days without any problems. He lives a holy life for ten days. After ten days he came across his enemy he had been waiting for years. He insults him and beats him up. Now is he still righteous? Still holy? Unfortunately not. When he can make himself cool down, he will regret the incident. "I have just wasted my expensive offering. My righteousness has broken into pieces because of my damn enemy ..." Only thing he can do is to go to the market and buy another goat or bull for another sacrifice. He must be seen in the market place checking goats, bulls, or lambs for his sin offering without a blemish for his next sacrifice. This is what was going on all the time in those days.
  The Bible says the blood was flowing like a river. Have you ever heard that Solomon offered 1,000 times? The rich man could offer innumerous times, but it's real hard for normal laymen. Let's say 100 dollars for a lamb, and how much will it be in total for 1000 people? 100,000 dollars! It is tons of money for ordinary people, isn't it? Let's think of it from God's point of view. He loved man so much, but He couldn't do anything because of the barrier, the sin. He was happy and satisfied when the sinner gave an offering. But only for a couple of hours. Why? Because he sinned again. He couldn't keep peace with sin long.
  Their sacrifice was good for only a real short time until they committed sin again. Do you remember what the Bible said? An offering with an animal like a goat is just an example or shadow of the real thing in heaven. Lots of priests in the Old Testament days, this job was done to show us an illustration, to let us know of the real thing in heaven. At last, God wanted to have the real offering in the altar in heaven. The eternal sacrifice cannot be done with offerings such as goats, bulls, or lambs, and He had to send us His only Son, Jesus Christ as a Lamb of God.
  You know Jesus came to the earth as a Lamb for our sins. Then our sins must be transferred to Him. How? Most people don't know how. They don't know whether our sins were transferred to Him or the sins are still with them. Satan is smart enough to cheat them. What makes the thing worse is, as we said, the sin is not physically visible.
  "You still have sin. Do you remember the sin you committed the other day? You lied."
  "That's right. I did. Oh, Lord! I am a sinner."
  The sins must have been transferred to Jesus. Let's talk about when and how it happened. In the Old Testament days, sin could be transferred when the sinner laid his hands on the sin offering. We have billions of people in this world. If everyone laid his hands on His head, what would happen to His head? It would be worn out in a real short time. I am not sure if this is a true or made up story, but I heard about the statue of Peter in Rome. Some portion of his foot is worn out because too many people from all around the world kissed it. They had to keep it in the glass. We can imagine what would happen if all of us should lay our hands on Him.
  Now we see some good news in the Old Testament that when one of the people sinned he laid his hands on the sin offering, and for the whole nation or a whole congregation, one man laid his hands on behalf of all the people. When you have time, take a look at Leviticus 4:1. Accordingly, we got to have an executor who lays his hands on the head of Jesus. Let's find it in the Bible. Please read Matthew 3:13-15.
  "Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbade him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him."
  Let's suppose this brother up here is Jesus. And this sister is John the Baptist. Jesus came to John who was baptizing people.
  "Baptize Me."
  What did John say?
  "I have need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?"
  And what did He say?
  "Permit it to be so now."
  Now follow me.
  "For thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness."
  How the baptism of Jesus is fitting for all righteousness? Righteousness is the opposite concept of sin. So that means redemption of sin. John the Baptist came to Him to baptize Him. Folks, when we baptize someone, do we lay our hands on those whom are to be baptized, or not? We surely do. This very act of laying on of hands of John transferred the sins of all mankind to Jesus. Do you understand? There was suddenly a voice which came from heaven, saying,
  "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
  God was so pleased with Him. Why? God asked Jesus to die for the sins of the whole world, and He took all sins on His shoulder. He was so lovely and obedient as the Son of God. That's why He said that.
  John the Baptist laid his hands on Him and baptized Him. John was the representative of the world according to the Bible. Was the sin of the world transferred to Jesus or not, when John the Baptist laid his hands on Him? Let's make it clear cut. When was your sin taken away? When you began to believe it? If it is so, it doesn't make sense. You believe now, and He died two thousand years ago. That means He didn't die for your sins. His death cannot be effective unless He died after the sin of the world including mine was transferred to Him. If He died before my sins were transferred to Him, the death becomes meaningless for me. We cannot say He died for me. Am I right? Do you agree? He took our sins on Him even before we were born, not when we believe Him. He, in the presence of God, took away the sins of our children, grand and great children as well as of our fathers, grand fathers, and great fathers. We didn't see that, but this is true. God's word said it.
  Now read John 1:29.
  "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world!"
  On the first day, Jesus came to John, and got baptized in the Jordan. The next day, He came to John again. When John the Baptist was baptizing in the Jordan, Jesus showed up there. What did he say at the sight of Jesus?
  "Behold! The Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world!"
  Did Jesus come to him with something heavy on His shoulders? Only thing he could see on Him was just a shabby outfit. We couldn't see the sin transferred to Him, but God has no problem seeing it. John also could see it.
  "Behold! The Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world!"
  Was your sin not included in the sin of the world? Because you are a special enemy against God, Jesus skipped only your sins? Don't be stupid! Any sin on this earth is a portion of the sin of the world. Folks, even a goat in the Old Testament days took away sins. Don't you think the Lamb of God is able to take away the sin of the world?
  Jesus had to be punished because of the sin of the world. He had all kinds of filthy sins in the world before He died on the cross. Why? Because all sins in the world were transferred to Him. His sin was so heavy and so filthy that even God turned His face from Him. At last, He was executed on the cross. Isaiah 53:4-5 says,
  "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:"
  It says He was nailed to the cross for our transgressions and for our iniquities. We cannot transfer our sins to Jesus because sin is invisible. It doesn't matter whether we can see it or not. It is important that He took away our sins. All we still have regarding sin is memory of the sin. Satan is taking advantage of our memory of sin to keep us away from the Lord because everybody knows He hates sin. Satan is cheating us. Our salvation never depends on whether we remember our sins or not. Can all amnesia victims be saved from their sins? Nonsense! More often than not, we remember the sins we did, and we feel pricks of conscience. But the most solid fact is that our sins were taken away. The Bible testifies it. The only thing you must do is to accept the truth. We are not entitled to judgment, because Jesus was punished already with our sins a long time ago. Do you know this hymn?
  'God's judgment cannot fall on me,
  I am sheltered by the blood, you see;
  Jesus died on the tree, and His blood covers me,
  God's judgment cannot fall on me.'
  When we come to the judgment, God would say,
  "Your judgment was finished."
  "When, Lord?"
  "That was done on the cross."
  One day, I went to a car-wash place with one of my co-workers to wash my dirty car. After my car was cleaned, I was about to pay for their job. The brother with me stopped me and said,
  "I paid for it already."
  Do I have to pay again? He paid for it without asking me. Jesus Christ got punished without asking us. He was judged without our permission. That is His love for us. We must not make His love for us useless. He would feel real sorry if we believe we still have sin in our hearts.
  Let's look at some verses, and discuss it a little more in detail. Let's see Hebrews 9:11.
  "But Christ being come a high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;"
  The above means Jesus got into the great and perfect tabernacle, not into the man made one in the Old Testament. And verse 12,
  "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us."
  Here we can find words saying, "Neither by the blood of goats and calves." In the old days, they offered goats or calves as the copy of the real tabernacle. But Jesus, a High Priest, with His own blood, entered the real tabernacle, the Most Holy Place once for all. Offering with animals like goats or calves was good for cleansing sins, but only for one time. Consequently, they had to do it repeatedly. How about Jesus? He washed not only the sins of people around the cross, but also sins of every single person of this whole world. That's why He doesn't have to go up to the cross crucified again. I think He intends doing that again if it is necessary. But, there is no need for that. So He is sitting on the right hand of God.
  In verse 13,
  "For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh."
  Goats and bulls cleansed their sins at the altar, didn't they? Yes. It goes without saying that His precious blood would wash away all our sins completely and eternally. Do you believe it? Do you believe it in your hearts, not with your brains? Lots of people say they believe that Jesus died for their sins. And they also say they still have sin in them. That's so ridiculous and self conflicting. They have knowledge, but no belief. We can be delivered free from sin once we believe Jesus bled to cleanse our sins perfectly.
  Let me talk about the gospel from another angle. You are not supposed to have even a bit of doubt.
  Let's read Hebrews 10:10.
  "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."
  How can we say that we are sanctified saints? On what basis do we insist that we are holy? Only because Jesus died on the cross. It is really stupid to do something good ourselves to be holy. As I said last night, that's the pig with expensive perfume on its dirty body. Most expensive perfume doesn't do any good for the pig that always goes for dirty things. It's same for man. We cannot be holy. We are inclined to love sin. But, only Jesus, who was nailed to the cross, bled, and died for the world, can make us holy.
  In verse 11,
  "And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:"
  Those offerings could take away sins only temporarily. But verse 12 says,
  "But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever ..."
  Let me ask you, what kind of sacrifice? Sacrifice for sins forever! Going back to the verses,
  " ... sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified" (Hebrews 10:12-14).
  God made us perfect with the precious blood of the cross. Believe the fact that God made us holy. Believe the fact that God left nothing for us to do for our sins. Just believe the cross which washed our sins completely.
  In verse 16-17.
  "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more."
  The Lord said He will not remember your sins and iniquities any more. If you did something against me, you won't feel comfortable here. How about when you forget it? You can relax and sit back.
  My wife makes mistakes once in a while. And I scold her. Do you know what her response is? She says,
  "You talked about it the other day. How many times will you mention the same thing?"
  I agree with her. I always talk about other people's mistakes repeatedly in spite of myself. That is man. We try to forget something, and try to remember other things also, but, in most cases, for nothing. That is man. How about God? He can forget what He wants, and remember what He wants. Once He said He won't remember, He erased it as if we erase a document from a computer disk, and that's it. He is totally different from us. In one word, He doesn't remember our sins. Hallelujah!! Praise the Lord!!
  My beloved folks, I really wish we can go all together to heaven, and live happily forever up there.
  
  
  
  
  
  7. A Man Hit By Robbers
  
  
  "And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him: and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise" (Luke 10:25-37).
  Folks, we talked in detail about how our sins get transferred to Jesus Christ. Actually, sin does not physically push down on our shoulders. Rather it makes our hearts so heavy. Sin hurts the center of our hearts before it makes our flesh sick. That is why most people who got saved and are delivered from sin give us a testimony that their physical problems went away spontaneously when they got saved. Doctors say most diseases come from our minds. I personally experience it once in a while. When I worry about something in my mind, I suffer from indigestion and loss of appetite. It's no problem to digest the same food with a carefree and happy heart. I read a report by a doctor that 437 diseases become cured automatically when the burden of worries are lifted up. Now folks, everybody knows deliverance is a good thing to have; but no one knows how.
  Let's assume here we have a tree of sin. Trees such as apple, persimmon, and peach bear fruit only once a year, and once they are completely picked, they are gone. Unfortunately, however, the tree of sin bears its fruit of sin every moment. It bears fruit when you eat, sleep, travel ... always. Most people spend lots of time plucking the fruits of the sin tree. Since you cannot pick them completely, you can't stand before God with confidence, boldness, happiness, and serenity. This describes the hearts of many people. Our Lord washed away our sins because He uprooted the tree of sin itself, not only the fruit of the tree.
  I told you the first night that sin is different from crimes which are the result of sin. A cold is not having the sniffles. A cold is not a cough. A cold, of course, produces the sniffles, a cough, and a sore throat; but they are not themselves a cold. We steal, lie, and hate others. The one with sin does those things. Stealing itself is not sin, however, it is a result of sin. Stealing is a crime. Since our sins inside produce many results of sin, I told you how all of our sins were fundamentally transferred to Jesus Christ. I was planning to continue this topic. I am going to talk about it from a different view point.
  How is our salvation accomplished? How can you go to heaven? How can we be delivered from sin forever? How can we become restored like Adam and Eve before they disobeyed God in Eden, so we can stand boldly before God. Folks, you might think it is impossible for you. However, God is so powerful and has so many ways, that He can easily change us from ignoble and defiled humanbeings. I will explain it through Luke chapter 10.
  A Long time ago, there lived a young man who worked on the London harbor for a living. He lived so poorly as he had not married; nor did he have a loved one or even a family. He worked hard to load and unload baggages for the boats that run between England and the United States of America, earning a few pence a day to buy a few pieces of bread, then sleeping anywhere. A lot of passengers told him good things about the new dream land. He decided to save his money to buy a ticket to move to the States.
  With expectations of a good job and a better life, he saved as much as possible to buy a ticket in a short time. He kept his saved money deep inside his pocket, and whenever he had time, he took it out and counted it. After a while, he saved barely enough money to buy a ticket, but he didn't have any extra money for food and other necessary expenses while he was on the boat and when he arrived in New York. He decided to buy a ticket to leave for the States anyway because he could not wait for the next boat. He was willing to go without food for a week until he arrived in the States.
  Now the boat left London and was sailing for the U.S.A. Passengers were gathering in the lounge and talking about the new country they were heading for. The young man also took part in the conversation. In the middle of the conversation, they heard the bell sound. They moved to the cafeteria for lunch. The young man couldn't go there because his pocket was empty. People next to him asked him.
  "Let's go for lunch, young man."
  "I don't have an appetite."
  "Are you sure? Why don't you try a little bit."
  "I am all right."
  After lunch, people said, "Lunch was really good." He felt pangs of hunger. But he said to himself, 'Hardship for a short time is worth suffering.'
  In the evening, the bell rang again for dinner.
  "Young man, you should be hungry. I know you skipped lunch. Let's go for dinner."
  "I am all right. Once in a while, I go without food for several days."
  "You got to eat for your health."
  "Don't worry."
  Whenever it came time to eat after good conversations and games, he became sullen.
  "I don't want to eat."
  "Young man, why do you skip again?"
  "Never mind. That's none of your business."
  He got upset. He went without food for two days, three days... and five days. He was starved to death. He comforted himself to hold out just two more days without food before arriving in the States. Unfortunately, however, there was an announcement from the captain, saying,
  "Attention passengers! I am very sorry to let you know that because of the stormy seas, it will take five more days to get to our destination."
  At the announcement, he felt dizzy. He thought he could stand no food for two more days, but not five more days. He finally made a resolution.
  "What is the difference? Starve to death or be beaten to death. I'd better eat. I'll eat first, and when they ask me to pay for it, I can wash dishes or do the laundry."
  He came into the cafeteria when nobody was there. A waitress came, and he ordered a tremendous amount of food. She was surprised and asked,
  "For how many people?"
  "Never mind. Just bring me the food I ordered."
  He filled his stomach as much as possible up to his throat, dish after dish. Once he became full, he had to worry about money again.
  "Sooner or later, they will ask me to pay for the meal. How are they going to treat me when I say I am broke?"
  Now He was impatient to pay for the meal, so he was dragging and dragging. Everybody disappeared, and only a waitress stood by him to take up the dishes. The young man finally said,
  "Bring me the bill."
  "What?" She asked.
  "I said the bill. How much?"
  "Are you eating for the first time here?"
  "That is none of your business. Just bring me the bill."
  He was all in a fluster.
  "I am asking if you've never eaten here before."
  "You don't have to know, I just need the bill."
  "We don't charge for the meals on this boat."
  "Oh! My God! What did you say?"
  "Food costs are included in your ticket."
  "If had known that, I wouldn't have skipped a single meal for the last five days ..."
  We can image how exasperated he was from starving for five days. Now, folks, his exasperation is nothing when we compare it with the one who goes to hell after a long life with tons of charitable works. Do you know why he goes to hell? Because he didn't understand God's words. The young man was starving almost to death only because he didn't know he had paid for it already. If the boat had not met rough seas, he might have died from hunger.
  Folks, if we go to hell, it is only because we didn't understand God's will. Don't mothers buy diapers for the babies whom they give birth to? Likewise, God made perfect preparations because He knows that we are wicked, dirty, and commit sins. People who don't know what God did for us try to obtain goodness on their own.
  One day, a mother said to her child,
  "Come home early after school."
  "Why, mom?"
  "I will be out of town."
  "Is that right? I'll be home early."
  The boy forgot his promise and came home late after a football game. The mother left home when she could not wait any longer. Of course, she prepared food for him before she left home, and put them in a cupboard. If the son does not know that, he has to look around and make food himself. People like the boy have to do something good themselves when they can't figure out the secret of God's preparation for them.
  A good example is the lawyer in Luke chapter 10 which we read. Now let's read it from 10:25.
  "... a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
  Read carefully to the lawyer's question. "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?" implies a meaningful preconception. This lawyer thought that he had to strive on his own to get eternal life. He had done his utmost best to observe the commandments. Had he received eternal life, though? He unfortunately could not achieve it contrary to his expectations. So he had to stand up before Jesus and ask,
  "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
  What was the reply from Jesus to his question? In verse 26, Jesus said to him,
  "What is written in the law?
  how readest thou?" This verse is so important. Did He ask only, "What is written in law?" No, He asked two questions, "What is written in law?" and "How readest thou?"
  If you folks look into the Bible a little bit more deeply, you can find some hidden spiritual secrets. In Jesus' question, we can see an implication that the law could be understood and interpreted in several ways depending on the person. What is written in the law, then? As you know,
  "You shall not commit adultery."
  "You shall not steal."
  "You shall not murder."
  "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor", etc.
  The main point here is how to read the law; in other words, how to perceive it. Jesus asked the lawyer, "What is your reading of it? How do you understand it?"
  Now folks, all of us know what is written in the law, but we have a problem understanding it. Do you know what I am saying? Now I want to ask you. The law is written as such; you shall not steal, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder. What is your reading of it?
  I can tell that there are two kinds of people. Some will obey the law as asked. They say that they won't steal because God ordered them not to steal, that they won't lie because God ordered them not to. They do their best. The other people, on the contrary, give in after they have tried to keep the laws not to steal, hate, lie, and murder. They confess that they can't do it at all, and they ask the Lord to do it for them. They found out their weakness and surrender to God with their hands holding white flags. These are the two ways to understand the law.
  The Korean boxing team won a lot of gold medals in the Asian games. In a boxing match, two men beat each other. The stronger one beats the weaker one without mercy on the face, sides, and stomach until he is knocked down. Boxers say they feel most peaceful when they get knocked down after a long struggle. Once they fall down, no more punches rain down. We can imagine how comfortable that should be. In boxing, we'd better win; but in fighting with God, we should get knocked down as soon as possible. You got it? The more we try, the more we suffer. We have to throw in the towel real quick. Sincere believers, not just churchgoers, say in a unanimous voice that when they firmly resolve not to sin, they become more likely to sin. Experienced ones know what I am saying.
  Many of you have experience smoking, haven't you? Raise your hands if you have ever smoked cigarettes. I tried myself. I am sure any smoker had tried at least one time to quit smoking. Today is October 9. Let's suppose one smoker makes a resolution to quit from tomorrow. What do you think happens to him today. He will smoke two packs of cigarettes if he usually smokes one pack. Am I telling you a lie? Experienced smokers should agree with me.
  Listen, I will leave my notebook here, and go somewhere for a short time. Ignore my notebook, and just do your job. But, what if I ask you with earnestness before I leave.
  "You can do anything you want, but please do not take a look at my notebook. Understand? I am begging you. Please don't even open it."
  Folks, you would feel like looking at it because I had asked you repeatedly not to. Does it make sense?
  Once upon a time there was a strict teacher in a village school house. In the middle of a lecture he took something out of his cabinet and ate it. His pupils asked,
  "What is it, sir?"
  "Kids, it is dried persimmon."
  "What is dried persimmon?"
  "You shall die if you children eat it."
  One day, their teacher was absent, and only the kids were in the classroom. They talked about dried persimmon.
  "What the heck is dried persimmon? Is it good for adults, but poison for kids? It doesn't make sense. We'd better try it."
  At last a brave boy tried a bite. Far from resulting in death, it tasted terrific. He ate up all of the dried persimmon in his hand; yet he never died. He induced his classmates to join him.
  "Come on, let's eat together. It tastes real good." The kids sat around and ate all of the dried persimmons which belonged to the teacher. After eating them up, they became scared of being punished by the strict teacher. They discussed how to solve this really big problem. Finally, one smart guy got an idea.
  "You guys just do as I say."
  "O.K. What do you want?"
  He threw his teacher's favorite inkstone on to the floor, breaking it into pieces.
  "Everybody lie flat on the floor!"
  They followed his order. The teacher came back and saw all the pupils prostrated before him.
  "Kids! What are you doing?"
  The smart boy answered,
  "Teacher, we committed a crime worthy of death."
  "What are you talking about?"
  "In the middle of playing, we broke your inkstone into pieces. We committed the worst sin in the world. We felt such a pain in our consciences that we ate the dried persimmons which, you said, would kill us if we ate. Now we are waiting for our death, but nothing has happened so far. We think we should eat more to die in a shorter time. But there is no more left ..."
  Funny story, isn't it? Most of us are being fooled by Satan. We think we can refrain ourselves from sinning if we decide to. But that results in the opposite. Understand?
  Let's say there was a daughter in her early teens. She was infatuated by boys, so she couldn't study. Her father declared a curfew, and asked her to concentrate only on her studies. She agreed with her father, and studied hard. One day while she was studying, her father came in and asked, "Are you thinking about boys again?" Actually, she had forgotten about boys; but his remark reminded her of the boys she wasn't thinking about. Do you know what I am saying? We commit sins not because we like to, but because we are trapped in it.
  When I led a Bible study for prison inmates, one of them told me of his experience afterwards in a private meeting. He became a vicious drunk under the influence of alcohol. He make a big resolution not to drink because whenever he got drunk, he became violent and caused trouble. He quit drinking completely. But one day as he was passing by a bar, friends in the bar beckoned him.
  "Come on buddy. Why don't you join us?"
  After a while, he found himself inside the bar. He went there in spite of his resolution. Only one cup! Only one cup! He really drank only one cup, but too many cups. One cup at a time. He never drank two cups at one time. He didn't know what had happened in the bar. But he knew he was in a police station after he awoke.
  Folks, God knows that we are not people who can refrain from committing sin even though we are asked to obey the law. That is why He gave us power to overcome sin instead of expecting us not to sin. Only with the power from God, not with our resolutions, can we triumph over sin. After struggling a long time to keep the laws such as "You shall not murder", "You shall not steal" and "You shall not commit adultery", we realize the futility and exclaim,
  "I am not able to do it at all. Lord, I cannot do it."
  God gave us the law to make us give up. The law was made not to be kept by us. No one in the world has kept the law completely. The person who tries but fails, does not try anymore by himself. So Jesus asked him how he read the law. One group believes they should keep the law. The other one confesses,
  "I cannot do it. Please you do it."
  Jesus always works in the second group.
  Some people pay only lip service. "What can I do?" "I am not able to do anything. I am nothing." But, they still show off their good works. The one who realizes thoroughly that he is only evil and filthy, and who does not depend on his own work, is the one in whom God works. What did the lawyer say? He knew the law, but not the real message in it. He just thought he had to work with all his strength.
  "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind;"
  This doesn't make sense. Can you love God with all your heart? I cannot do it.
  I drive a lot, about an hour every day. That means I spend 365 hours in my car every year. That is tons of wasted time. I can't afford to hire a chauffeur. Sometimes, I try to find out how I can take advantage of the wasted time, such as prayer, memorizing Bible verses, etc. One day I was waiting for the green light at the intersection. I was thinking about something with my eyes in the Bible on the passenger seat beside me. I was absorbed in the words until the horns sounded behind me. There was a green light, and everybody in front of me had gone away. My car warned me, "Master, if you want me to work properly, you have to concentrate on me with all your heart. What I am saying is, when I am driving, I cannot offer all my heart to God.
  "With all my heart, with all my soul, with all my strength, with all my mind ..."
  Folks, if any of you can do this, let me see your hand. If you love God with all your strength, what strength do you eat with? The ignorant say, "I believe in God. I will do it." Is it right?
  Going back to the boxing match, the smartest guy is the one who lies down on the canvas as soon as the first round starts. He is much smarter than a boxer who get cuts on his face, a torn up forehead, and who bleeds profusely until he gets knocked down. I am not talking about real boxing. In a real game, it is better to win. But when we have a match with a real strong opponent like God, that is the smartest way. God does not take care of you until you fall down, give up, and surrender. Did you get it? I know it really well.
  This lawyer said,
  "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself."
  This is a summary of the Ten Commandments. The first four commandments order us to love God. The other six to love our neighbors. What did Jesus say?
  "Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live."
  'Do this and you will live' can be interpreted as 'if you don't do this, you will be die.'
  Deuteronomy 28 says,
  "And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body ... Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out." (Deuteronomy 28:2-6)
  'Blessed shall you ...' it continues on this way.
  "But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field ... Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body ... Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out" (Deuteronomy 28:15-19).
  Folks, is this a blessing or a curse? A blessing is for people who obey all the laws. But a curse is for those who cannot obey all the laws.
  You got it? People don't know this.
  "Boy! Blessings come and go." We have to know the Bible directly. Because people want to be blessed, they blindly try to keep the laws even though they don't know if they can keep them or not.
  Folks, let me talk more about this matter. The apostle Paul killed and prosecuted Christians before he believed in Jesus, didn't he? Did he do it because he did not read the Bible? He was Saul then. Understanding the Bible superficially might lead to a meaning just the opposite to the true message of the Bible. If we understand superficially, we exert ourselves; if we get to the core of the Bible, Jesus does the work while we take a rest. Do you understand? Jesus answered back to the lawyer,
  "Right. Do it, and you will live."
  What did Jesus really mean? He meant,
  "OK! If you can, go ahead and do it."
  Can any of you keep the law? If you can, raise your hands. You folks are real smart. Nobody raised his hand. I wish you could know deep in your hearts that you cannot obey the law at all. The one who just says he cannot do it without real perception, must try to keep it. The other, on the other hand, who realizes his inability and powerlessness in his heart never tries to do it because he knows it is impossible.
  Jesus' answer 'Right. Do it', indicates 'Do it if you can, and you will live.' What does it mean? That is the same as trying to walk on the sea that I talked about a couple of days ago. How can we walk on the sea? You run toward the edge of the water, and take your left step just before right one touches the water. Again take your right step before your left step on the water. In this way, you can go anywhere that you want such as Japan, Taiwan, and U.S.A. However, be cautious of following my instructions. Now you try. I am not responsible if you don't do as I said.
  Folks, who do you think is going to try this? You won't try because you know immediately my idea does not make sense. If you folks are smart enough, you come to know that the law can't be kept. But the lawyer, wanting to justify himself, asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?"
  Now Jesus told him about a man beaten by robbers. A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among thieves who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Did a certain priest help him out when he saw the dying man? No, he didn't. How about the Levite? Did he help him? Neither did he.
  Did the Samaritan, as he journeyed, help the man when he came to him? Of course, he did. He came close to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, taking him to an inn. He gave two denarii to the inn keeper for taking care of him.
  The man beaten by robbers here is the lawyer. What became of the man when he met the robbers? They stripped him, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead, didn't they? What did the man do to be saved? Nothing! He was just lying on the road. The Samaritan is Jesus. He went to him, bandaged his wounds and, poured on oil and wine. And He brought him to an inn and took care of him. That shows how his salvation was accomplished.
  Folks, let's suppose we have a patient who is about to have an operation for appendicitis. He says,
  "Doctor, let me tell you something. I need an operation right here. Use U.S. made scalpels, and make sure the thread is completely sterilized. Also, you have to be real careful when you anesthetize."
  Doctors would say, "You'd better find another hospital, or do it yourself."
  They don't need that kind of patient. When they have an operation, they anesthetize and tie the patient's hands and feet tight with leather bands so they won't move during the operation. They don't use scalpels until they are sure that the patient is under and ready to have the operation. Doctors cut when they want, pull out something when they want, and stitch the cut when they want. I know we have doctors here, but I believe what I said is right.
  "Cut here deeper. A little bit more on the right. Pull it out quick right down there. And sterilize it without delay."
  Doctors hate to meet patients like this. When we want our spirit to be saved, we must throw away our own ideas and thoughts. After that, the Lord can cut, pull, and stitch. He can make you perfect when you give yourself into His hands. If the man beaten by robbers had been fiesty, he would have hit the Samaritan with a barrage of curses when he came to him to give help. In those days, Samaritans had been treated like dogs by Jews. He who had been dying, wished to have anyone that could help him. He didn't care whether it was a Samaritan, pig, or dog, as long as he could get taken care of. He didn't care about important things like his dignity and his self-esteem. He didn't care. Anybody, black, white or yellow is O.K. if someone saves him. That's it!
  Pastor Lee nearly drowned about ten years ago. We went to a place to prepare for an outdoor summer conference when we had a big flood. We decided to escape from the flooded area. I swam across a stream. Pastor Lee thought,
  "There should be no problem to swim across the stream, seeing that Pastor Park did it easily. I am younger and stronger than he."
  But he started to flounder in the middle, and got swept down the stream. He was saved by high school boys just fifty feet before a waterfall. If he hadn't been picked up there, he couldn't be here tonight. He said no drowning man has a second to yell, "Help me."
  Let's suppose we throw a rope to a drowning man. He asks,
  "What is the brand name?"
  "Is it reliable?"
  "U.S. made or Korean made?"
  "What is the minimum weight it can handle?"
  "Throw me a stronger one."
  Is he drowning or not? A real drowning man cannot even say "Help me"; he just gasps for a breath while grabbing anything hereby. If any of you are not forgiven of your sin, the first thing you have to know is that you are going to get nothing but destruction. Anyone who understands this will come and not demand an explanation. Someone does because he doesn't realize it or his stomach is full. Before I received atonement, I thought I would gladly be a slave if anyone would show me the way of leading me out of my sin which would send me to hell.
  When did the man attacked by robbers get saved? Just before he died; when he had no power at all to do anything himself. Do you know what kind of people Jesus Christ looked for when he was on the earth? He could not get along with the wise, good prayers, good Bible readers, or pious believers. He always appeared next to people who were in despair, without any hope. Folks, we have the same Jesus here tonight. Are you without hope, tonight? Do you have nothing to wish for? Do you think you deserve to go to hell?
  If your answer is "Yes", Jesus is just next to you. Jesus is far away, however, if you think you are not in a hurry or you think you are a good believer, but you just want to know how to be saved.
  The traveler was left half dead. He would have died unless someone had helped him. In Luke chapter 10 verse 33, it says, "But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion on him," The Bible says Jesus had compassion on him. Not only had He compassion, but also He went to him. Who went to whom? The man assaulted by robbers or the Samaritan? Who went, the Savior or the one to be saved? Who went, the drowning one or the one who saved him. Does a drowning person say, "You stay there, I will be there. Please save me from there."? That doesn't make any sense. Are you folks the ones to be saved or the saved or the saviors for others? If you are to be saved, Jesus has to come to you. Many people these days struggle uselessly to get closer to Jesus. That does not help you at all.
  They say a smart rescuer waits until a drowning person becomes exhausted before he rescues him. If he jumps in to save the person while he is still struggling, he drags down the rescuer so both of them drown to death. When a drowning person yells "Help me" and struggles, he says to himself, 'This guy still has some strength,' and takes time to warm himself up or to play a chess game. He takes his time until the guy becomes exhausted, and then saves him. This is the way of salvation. Anyway, when someone runs wild, he cannot be saved.
  Several years ago a terrible accident happened in Pohang city. A teacher and his students went to the beach for a swim. While the teacher, an excellent swimmer, was in a tent, one of his students jumped in and reported the accident.
  "Teacher, some kids are drowning." He rushed out of the tent and could see five girls pawing the air and drowning. Without delay, he jumped into the water to save them. As he got close to them, every girl clung to him. Not only couldn't he rescue them, but also he lost his own life. All of them, including the teacher, drowned to death except one girl who was drowning at some distance. She could feel the ground in the middle of her struggling. The water was only as deep as her chest, so she walked out by herself. If they would have just kept still, everybody would have walked out alive. I don't remember the name of school, but that is a real incident.
  Folks, what should we do to be saved? The Lord wants to say that the man beaten by robbers did not do anything; the Lord did. Let Jesus do it, and you take a rest. Let's rest. You lay down and relax. Did the man say, "Hey! Over here. Please help me. I will get a little closer."? He didn't do anything. Who went? The Samaritan, Jesus, went to him and poured oil and wine on his wound.
  Let's look into the Bible word by word. We pour oil and wine on a wound. I learned that when I was training to be a missionary. Strong wine is a good sterilizer. After sterilizing, we apply an antibiotic ointment to protect from infection. Oil can be a substitute for the ointment. But the Bible says that the Samaritan poured oil before wine. It seemed reasonable to me to apply wine first. After a while, I found out why. Oil in the Bible is the Holy Spirit, while wine means joy. What I am saying is once we are saved from our sins, the Holy Spirit comes into us, and ecstasy follows it. Some people are eager to have ecstasy because they think the Holy Spirit follows it. That is dead wrong. The Holy Spirit comes first. Alcohol evaporate fast. Oil is so sticky that it stays a long time. The Holy Spirit in our heart never leaves us. How about the pleasure we have? It vacillates and doesn't stay long. Does it make sense? After you receive redemption, don't give weight to pleasure. It is evanescent but the Holy Spirit which comes into us when we are saved from our sins is eternal. What did he do after pouring oil and wine?
  He applied bandages around the wounds. Our Lord cures our wounds which are all our faults and weaknesses.
  'He set him on his own animal ...' What we must thank God for is that He sets us on His seat, and He walks in a low place. And He leads us holding the animal by the bridle. All these things do not arise from us, but emanate from the living Jesus.
  A lot of people know that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins. Now some enjoy deliverance of their sins deep in their hearts. However, others still suffer from their sins even though they know Jesus died to wash away their sins. Do you know what I mean? What I'm saying is, why don't some people have faith even with their knowledge of Jesus' work, while others enjoy rest and happiness with their sins washed away completely? That is the problem.
  One day, Jesus was going somewhere. Suddenly, a woman who had been hemorrhage for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of his garment. After she had tried everything she could to cure her disease, she came to believe that she would be made well if only she might touch his garment. That belief arose from deep inside her heart. That belief made her well.
  Folks, the important thing is the belief that all your sins have been washed away, not the knowledge of it. When you have only superficial knowledge, you will still be suffering from doubt in your heart even though you know Jesus redeemed you. But once you have real belief, you can enjoy real peace, and deliverance from sin. Brother Kim, who gave us a testimony this evening, used to teach the Bible and train students when he went to college. He, of course, knew Jesus died for his sins. But his sin was still vexing him. He was not delivered from the burden of sin even though he had the full knowledge of redemption in his brain. One evening, finally, the belief came into his heart; 'Jesus died on the cross for my sin.' The truth that he had known for a long time came into him, and delivered him from sin. He was changed a lot from that day.
  Folks, I am not trying to tell you the theory that Jesus died on the cross for my sin, and that my sin was cleansed. I am not trying to say that. Your heart must be delivered completely from the shackles of sin. Deliverance means we are to be under the same circumstance as the garden of Eden before Adam disobeyed. For whom does this belief come? Anyone who is trying to earn his salvation can have knowledge or theory, but the real belief won't come to him. He should give up.
  'I can't fight against sin with my power.'
  'Whatever I do, even confessing, doesn't do any good.'
  'I have no other way but to just wait until He saves me. Otherwise, I will be destroyed.'
  The Holy Spirit can inhabit these kinds of minds, and can start to work. The Lord is again looking into your hearts.
  'I don't have confidence anymore! I am raising the white flag!'
  'I am now knocked out.'
  'Please you do it, Jesus.'
  I don't know who has such a humble heart. But what I do know is that Jesus can come into those hearts. Those men don't need self-esteem.
  'I am a deacon.' 'I went to a seminary.' 'I am an elder.' They just say,
  "I am nothing but a sinner who deserves to die. Please save me, Lord."
  You got to have this thought in your hearts to receive Jesus Christ.
  Folks, how do I know it? Since I got saved, I have been preaching to many people how our sins are cleansed. When I talk to two individuals at the same table, I have experienced that the one who understands the gospel only in his brain remains in anguish, while the other one next to him is jumping into the air with joy and happiness when he receives the gospel deep in his heart. A fact that I found out in my experience as a gospel preacher is that the man who thinks he is able to do good work can never be freed from sin. That is why he still has to say, 'I am a sinner.' Which one are you? Nobody here does not know Jesus died for our sin. That is not the point. What is the most urgent is that you have to get rid of your own thought. When you think you cannot do anything good, that means your heart is in a condition just before being saved.
  Taegu city has big church named Samduk. Pastor Hong had worked for that church until he passed away. He was a pastor whom I respected a lot. I think many of you remember him if you are old enough. He ministered in Manchuria when he was young. He was a pastor for a Presbyterian church in a small village. The village had another church which was Methodist. The two churches got along well. Every Christmas, people in the churches exchanged gifts. And whenever one church had an event, the other one never forget to help. In other words they had love for each other. I don't know exactly when, but the Methodist church had a revival conference in which Mary Monsen, a Norwegian missionary, was the main preacher. Her sermon topic was, 'You should be born again.' Many people from Pastor Hong's church attended the revival and joyfully received salvation. Since their impression was so great, they pushed their pastor to attend the conference.
  "Pastor! Pastor! they are having a conference. Let's go together and listen. It's really great."
  Pastor Hong rejected their suggestion because he didn't feel any interest in the other church's conference. But he could not resist the pressure from his church members, so he took a seat in the conference on the last day a little bit late in his casual clothes not to attract any special attention.
  The missionary talked about the 'forgiveness of sin' which was a topic he knew already. He had graduated from a seminary with a degree. But people in the conference were absorbed in his preaching in such a sincere manner. Anyway, the conference ended. The missionary stood by the gate of the church and asked the people one by one as they passed the gate,
  "Are you born again?"
  The pastor did not have a born again experience. He didn't know what to say when he was asked if he was a born again Christian. While he was wavering and dawdling, the line was getting shorter. He hurried to get out so as not to be the last man in line so he wouldn't have to spend a long time with the missionary. But against his wish, he also was caught by the preacher. She shook hands with him, and asked without knowing he was a pastor, "How are you, sir? Are you born again?" He had to answer "Yes" because he was noticed by a lot of his church members and hosting church members around him.
  The missionary held him by his hand, and said,
  "Oh Lord! Thank you, God. Hallelujah! I am so glad to meet a born again Christian. Praise the Lord. By the way, when did you get born again?"
  He just shuffled and replied,
  "It was sometime ago."
  After this happened, the Holy Spirit started to work in the pastor's heart. It said to him, "You are a liar. You lied at least two times."
  Folks, when the Holy Spirit works, we are able to perceive who we are truly. We normally don't realize how abominable we are until the Holy Spirit works and shows us. When the Holy Spirit works, we discover the fact that we are sinners. Pastor Hong realized himself to be nothing but a pure sinner.
  "Lord, have mercy on me. I am a sinner."
  He knew deep in his heart that he was just a sinner. And he could be born again with ease. He wrote a lot of books after he moved down to Korea. I am not sure if the books are still available now, but one of his books was Way of Redemption.
  Dear folks! When you ask other people if they are born again, normally they become upset, don't they? Why? Once in a while, some pastors come and ask me about faith. I never miss asking if they are born again before doing anything else. Strange enough, I get only two responses. Getting upset, or replying with happiness. Even though asking if they are born again is not insulting, the one who is not born again hates to confront this question. The born again, however, is glad to answer the question. That is the difference.
  Folks, when the man attacked by robbers understood he couldn't do anything by himself, he made himself open to anybody. So the Samaritan could do whatever he wanted. He was saved by the savior's way, not by his own way. After a while, he found himself in an inn. The Samaritan gave two denarii to the inn keeper. In those days, one denarius was about the wage of one day's labor, or one day's living expense. Two denarii is two days. The Lord said one day for Him is one thousand years, and one thousand years is one day for Him. This indicates His promise in the Second Advent to pick us up. I don't know exactly when, but I believe He is coming again. He is coming back in a cloud to pick us up. Are you ready to stand before him? Are your sins washed away white as snow? Are you really redeemed? Are you born again? Can you be lifted up with Jesus?
  We arranged this conference for you. We have only two more days. Please don't put off until tomorrow. Make your hearts humble so that, you can say, "Lord, save me tonight. I am a sinner, have mercy on me." I wish today is the day when your names are recorded in the 'Book of Life.' That day we can never forget. "Happy day, happy day, when Jesus washed my sins away!"
  Dear folks! How was the man beaten by robbers saved? He was saved not because he could do something, but because he couldn't do anything. Are you a sinner? Are you wicked? Are you filthy? Your effort to resolve your sin ended up in nothing, didn't it? I believe the Lord will save you if you are good at nothing. If any of you think, 'Lord, I am a sinner. God, I want you to save me. Please rescue me from everlasting sin', raise your right hand quietly.
  
  
  
  
  8. Power On Samson
  
  
  "And they spake unto him, saying, No; but we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their hand: but surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new cords, and brought him up from the rock. And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands. And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith. And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men. And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramathlehi. And he was sore athirst, and called on the Lord, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised? But God clave a hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof Enhakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day. And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years" (Judges 15:13-20).
  
  Today, I will talk about what kind of lives we ought to live after we get saved. In most cases, newly weds become strained somehow. After a searching period they finally get into fights. But, as they become aware of what their spouses are, they become husbands and wives who can understand and love their partners. They can enjoy a real warm happy family within true love which was transmitted from an emotional romantic relationship. Likewise, I am going to talk about how we can enjoy a happy life with Jesus in our hearts.
  
  Once upon a time, in the old Korean Kingdom, there lived a prime minister. He was such a faithful servant that the only thing in his mind was his country and his people. He dedicated and spent all his time for his works, and he didn't take care of his family. He even used his wages for public use, not for his family. The king as well as his people respected him a lot.
  
  Once in a while, the king had to send his men to check if the prime minister needed anything. But he also had one thing to worry about. His wife was barren. The king often granted good medication to his loyal subject with hope that they could have a baby. They finally had good news when they were almost fifty years old. At the news, all the country celebrated with a festival. The king granted them special food and maidens to keep his wife in health. As time passed along, she gave birth to a chubby boy.
  
  The prime minister would go home after his office work to spend his time with his son. He was really happy his son was growing up well like a pumpkin on the vine. But as he was spoiled with too much love from their parents, he became such a weak boy that whenever he went outside to play with other kids, he got beaten up, lost all he had, and came home crying. The rumor was going around saying that he was probably retarded. As the prime minister was getting older, he had to worry about his teenage cry-baby. He knew his son could not be a reliable leader of his honorable family, and nobody would want to marry him. He couldn't sleep soundly.
  
  At last, he made an important resolution. One day early in the morning, he sent his men to call for a real notorious gangster. He was so wild and tough that he was in and out of jail just like it was his home. When he received notice that he was being brought before the prime minister's house. He laid down with his face down on the ground because he did lots of bad things, and expected a severe punishment. The prime minister came to him and said,
  "You were invited to my house as a guest. Why don't you come in, please?"
  The ganster was embarrassed, and didn't know what to do. He told him again.
  "I asked you to come in."
  At the breakfast table with the prime minister, he thought that after such a good treatment, he would be hanged, so he couldn't enjoy the delicious food. The prime minister asked,
  "Young man, could you do me a big favor? That is why I invited you this morning."
  "What is it, your honour? I will do my best even at the risk of my own life."
  "I have been so busy that I haven't had enough time for my son to travel around this country with him. I want you to travel around with him for about three months no matter what it may cost. But you may use only one donkey for both of you."
  The gangster was relieved, and didn't waste any time to say,
  "Yes, Sir"
  After several days, he started his journey with the young boy on the back of the donkey. After a while, when he was sure that every body was out of sight, he talked to the boy,
  "Master, your legs look real strong."
  "You can say that again. I can walk fifteen miles without any problem."
  "I have been hobbling. As you see, master, I am such a weak guy."
  "Is that right? I didn't know your legs were so weak."
  "Why don't you get down, and let me ride?"
  "OK."
  The boy walked holding the donkey by the bridle, and the gangster rode on it. After a little while, he started to feel pain in his legs, and his feet were swollen.
  "Can we switch?"
  "No way! Who are you? You are the son of the prime minister of this great country. Even a layman keeps his words."
  "Yes. You are right. My feet are strong, and I have no problem. I can walk."
  The boy was always taken in this manner. Once they had good food, the gangster ate it, and the left overs were for the boy. Before long the boy recognized the only thing he gave him was nothing but sweet words. He started to fight with the gangster for the ride, food, and everything.
  "Let me ride."
  "No, you cannot."
  "Why not?"
  The boy got angry. When they were in the midst of the journey, he wanted to return his own right as a prime minister's son.
  "I got to eat first this time."
  "What are you talking about? Where is your table manners?"
  The boy tried all he could to beat him, but always for nothing. The gangster was outsmarting him all the time. The boy talked to himself,
  'I will get even when we get back home. My father is the very man who is to blame. How can a person like my father control our country? I don't understand why he chose the nastiest man in the world like this one for me.'
  As they went on, and got close to home, the gangster started to change his attitude.
  "Master, you eat first. You got to watch over your health."
  "Why don't you ride on?"
  But he thought he would not forgive this bad man and would get even with him when they got home. Finally, they finished their long journey, and were greeted by family including the prime minister.
  "We've come home, father."
  "Good. did you have a good trip?"
  "Yes, father. But, I have one thing to tell you."
  "What is it?"
  "I hate to say this, but I want to know how you can handle the important matters of our country."
  "I don't understand what you are talking about. What is wrong with you, my son?"
  "You gave me a gangster as a partner for my journey. How could you in the world pick out the worst man among the innumerous like the sands on the beach. You cannot imagine how I suffered because of him all through the journey. How dare you be the prime minister of this great country? I feel pain whenever I think about our king because of you, father."
  "You are my son. As I believed you were not stupid but you were just spoiled."
  The prime minister was full of tears in his eyes. Can you audience imagine how happy the father was? Without this sore experience, the boy would be stupid all through out his whole life.
  Now, folks, how many of you were saved through this conference? I can see lots of hands. Hallelujah! Listen, saints! Do you know what happened to you when you were redeemed? I have too many things to talk about it.
  For the last twenty-five years, I have been preaching the gospel of redemption. I saw a lot of saved Christians who didn't walk with Jesus as well as the ones who enjoyed the blessed life within Him. Today, I want to talk about this matter in detail. The moment you got saved from your sins, the barrier between you and God was lifted up, and the Holy Spirit came to settle down in you whether you recognized it or not. And you can lead your lives by the help of the Holy Spirit. When you cannot take advantage of His power as the spoiled prime minister's son couldn't, you will come to live lives like the ones who don't have the Holy Spirit.
  Let's suppose I have a million dollars daily income that is too much for me to spend. I, by accident, met two friends who are real poor.
  "Why are you so poor?"
  "Pastor, we became poor because of ..."
  "OK. I will help you. I will give you ten thousand dollars every day. Mr. A and Mr. B, you shall receive the same amount every day. I will transmit the amount to your accounts automatically. You enjoy your money."
  Two men holding me by my hands, and say,
  "Thanks a million, pastor. Thank you, thank you again."
  Mr. A rushed to his home, and yelled like an insane man,
  "First day, ten thousand, second day, twenty thousand, third day, three thousand ... I am a millionaire. Honey, come over here. Look how much money we have?"
  "One hundred dollars only."
  His wife answered. They went to a store to buy a safe with all the money they had. And deposited the money in it as they withdrew cash from their bank account everyday. They just liked being richer every day.
  In the meantime, Mr. B came home, and said to his wife,
  "Honey, do not worry from now on. I will make you a queen."
  In several days, they bought a new house, car, furniture, clothes, and shoes with the money he sent him. That is not all.
  "Kids, hop in the car. We are going to the department stores. Tell me whatever you'd like to have."
  "Piano, violin ..."
  With more than enough money, they really changed a lot.
  About a month later, I visited Mr. B's house. He lived in a really magnificent mansion, and I was stopped by a security guard.
  "Where are you going?"
  "Is this Mr. B's residence?"
  "That is right. What do you want here?"
  "I am Mr. Park, and want to meet him."
  "He is too busy to meet a man like you."
  "Could you please let him know I am here?"
  "Master, I am sorry to bother you, but a man named Mr. Park came here, and insisted to meet you. What do you want me to do?"
  "What? Who did you say? Bring him in. I owe him what I am."
  His house was really something. It had a well maintained huge garden, olympic size swimming pool, tennis court, and so on. His life was changed totally food, clothes, appliances, and everything. I enjoyed a pleasant day with them.
  Next day, I had a hard time to find Mr. A's home in a scummy area of the city. He lived in an one bed room apartment with his big family. When I knock on his door, he greeted me.
  "Pastor Park, we really appreciate you've given us the money for our family. We don't know how to thank you."
  With the ten thousand dollars I gave them everyday, their lives were the same as before. Same housing, same food, same clothes ...
  "Come on. Don't I give you money, Mr. A?"
  "Sure you do."
  "Where do you spend it?"
  "It is too precious to spend, I am depositing the money in the safe as it comes to me."
  With the same gift, one is changed totally while the other keeps the same life.
  We have to learn what the believer's life ought to be. Once you live in the grace of God, your life should be changed. If you forget it, you might become a dog that eats what he throws up, or a pig that goes back to the dirty place immediately after being washed. After we were saved from our sins, and met Jesus, the most important thing that matters is how to enjoy the blessing of God.
  Before I served in the Korean Army, I was trained to be a missionary who would work for the primitive countries. The training included that we should be able to eat worms for food, and that we could make ourselves sleep anywhere available. As the three year army service was about to be over, God asked me clearly that I should work for the Koreans, and He led me unto this place today.
  After I was discharged, I didn't know how to start my job. I just wanted to spread the gospel in Kimchun city. Even though I had no money, no property, God gave me a belief that He would work with me. I was asked to teach the Bible to children who came to the conference with their parents. Without any hesitation, I accepted it, and taught them gladly. I paid five dollars.
  It seemed like big money for me at that time, and I thought I can lease a place with this money in Kimchun city. I wasn't scared of anything. If He wanted, I could do without food, I would be persecuted, or anything. I went to the city, and looked around to find any place to lease. I found a small place for me, but they asked one hundred dollars. That was way over my budget. I checked all through the city. There were lots of places like cocktail bars, billiards, and all kinds of businesses.
  "Lord, the god of this world gave his people nice buildings like these. I am your child. Please give me a place to preach the gospel."
  I wandered around praying like this. But for quite a long time, there was no response to my prayers, which was unusual to me, because since I was saved from my sin, the Lord answered my prayers immediately. All kinds of thoughts passed through me.
  'What shall I do? Maybe He doesn't want me to work in this city ...'
  In Korea, there is an unique lease system. The tenant deposits a big amount of money as a security, interest of which is the rent for the landlord. But I kept on going to Kimchun city to lease the space without any money. On my way home, one day, after looking around the city, I met a white man on the bus. He was about ten years older than me, I guess. Before long, we were talking.
  "What are you, sir?" I asked.
  "I am a missionary."
  "Where are you going?"
  "I am traveling."
  "For what?"
  "Just sightseeing."
  "What? Are you idling around with precious money from your church back home?"
  I scolded him as parents do for their children. I scolded him more than I was supposed to because of my financial difficulty. Strange enough, however, he didn't get upset, and asked me if he could stay with me in my place that night. I said yes.
  I was living in a real desolate place where we didn't even have a well, and got our drinking water from a brook. Because of this water, he had to go to the out-house back and forth every ten minutes. His suffering was so great that he even asked me if I'd send his body to his wife if he died. Anyway all he could manage to stay with me was about a week. Before he left, he said.
  "Park, I want to live with you for about a year if you don't mind."
  "I don't mind. But we are moving to Kimchun city soon."
  In a several days, he came back in his own jeep, and said,
  "Park, listen to me. I brought you five hundred dollars that I received from God. I think you need this money for building your work in the city. This is not from me."
  He worried so much that I might refuse it.
  "OK. I didn't receive it from you. You offered it to God. And He gave it back to me. You didn't give me any money at all."
  "I didn't get any money from you at all."
  The Lord gave me big money which is nothing but a miracle for me. I have never asked any man for any help or let them know I was in a needy situation. Folks, I cannot talk about so many miracles He did for me without shedding tears. The Lord listens to our prayers. We are His children after our sins were cleansed away.
  At that time we could buy a nice building in the city for about five hundred dollars. Unfortunately, however, I, in my early twenties, didn't know anything about the world. I spent three hundred dollars for leasing a building and the balance, two hundred dollars for miscellanious expenses. I know that hardship comes even on believers although it will turn for good eventually. I had been busy visiting churches as a speaker. When I came back after spending several days, one of our church members gave me some bad news. What happened was that the land owner ran away after he borrowed a huge amount of money on the security of the building that we leased. One month later, the bank manager came to me, and asked to vacate as soon as possible. Of course, we didn't have any other place to move in. The only thing I could do was to pray,
  "Father, I made such a stupid mistake because I know little of the world. You know I have no place to go. I do not believe that You want your servant to stay underneath a bridge. Please allow me a place to move."
  No response for a while. And one day in the middle of prayer, I heard His voice.
  'Go out and look around.'
  I went out to the downtown area and found a building with a lease sign. That was the second floor which had a big floor with several rooms. The landlord asked three hundred dollars. I'd love to lease the place, but I could do nothing without any money. I just said that it sounded okay, and I'd come back.
  In the meanwhile, the bank manager dropped by my place several times to meet me but to only miss me since I was always in and out for evangelistic meetings. To make sure to catch me, he came to my place early in the morning when I was about to leave for another meeting.
  "You are harder to catch than the President."
  "I have been busy. And I am leaving now."
  "Just a bit of time should be enough."
  "I am really sorry."
  "I will follow you then."
  We got on the bus.
  "Park, bank manager is not an easy job at all. We loaned money to this bad man who didn't consider a tenant like you. I feel real sorry."
  While he was talking, I didn't know if I should say I am a saved Christian, because they normally become tougher when they deal with Christians. But I remembered I've prayed to the Lord that He solve this problem, which meant that I had no power for it but He had. And I decided to let Him do it for me.
  "Mr. manager, I am not moving out not because I didn't get my three hundred dollars, but because I don't have any other place to move in. I reported this matter to my boss already, and am waiting for His answer. As soon as I hear from Him I will move out."
  "Is that right? By the way, who is your boss?"
  "He is really nice. He is Jesus Christ."
  "Are you that kind of person?"
  He asked with his eyes open big. I testified to him what He had done for me.
  "Park, even though I don't have any religion at all, I felt something good in you when I heard you. Keep on praying, and solve the problem as soon as possible."
  I was still worrying. When I led the evangelistic meetings, I could forget this headache, but no sooner than coming home that I fell back into worry. In the middle of prayer, one day, I came to think that I had better go to the building I had seen the other day. When I went there, the 'For lease' sign was still there. Without any money I thought that building might be the one God would give me. I talked to the landlord.
  "I am a servant of God. I came to this city to testify God's words. But a man cheated me, and I am about to be evacuated any day. Since I don't have any place to move, I have been praying for a place. I don't know how He will lead me, but I feel like this building is the one He allowed. You don't have to have sympathy on me. My Lord has always prepared something good for me."
  After about five minutes thinking, he said,
  "I am an elder of a church in this city. God gave me this building on a major street. How can I kick out God's servant?"
  I felt like I was in seventh heaven at his saying. I felt it more like that because his daughter played hymn songs on the piano at that very moment. He showed me that He is a real living God. I didn't know how to hold back my tears. When I was about to leave, the elder suggested, and asked,
  "If you don't deposit any money, both of us will feel uncomfortable. I don't care how much, but deposit as much as you can arrange."
  "A hundred dollars."
  I said in spite of myself. But I couldn't swallow what I said.
  "That's a deal. Move in next week."
  He accepted. I blamed myself.
  'What a huge amount a hundred dollars is. How can I scramble around that kind of money.'
  I talked to the brothers and sisters, but only thing they could do was worry about it. I prayed on my knees.
  "Lord, I don't know why, but I said a hundred dollars. Please You take care of it within seven days."
  Whenever I heard something outside, I expected somebody coming in with money. But nothing happened at all for several days. On the fifth day, I heard a woman outside of my place saying,
  "Should be this building ..."
  I saw a familiar face coming in. She was the lady who owed me fifty dollars when I leased her property. I forgot completely about this money since the last time I saw her was about a year ago. I knew that she had too much debt from too many creditors, and because she offered me her furniture for my money. All of a sudden, she showed up before me with the money that she owed me.
  "Sir, I am so sorry. I don't know why but I want to pay you your money first. Somebody gave me some money today, and I came to you immediately before any other creditors snatch it."
  I counted it more than a hundred times. Once I had a miracle, and I was quite sure that the Lord would make the difference sooner or later. I visited the bank to meet the manager.
  "Manager, God allowed us to move. We will go out the day after tomorrow. You can come and check it."
  "Park, I have a son who is about the same age as yours. I am really sorry. I feel pain because what I am doing might discourage your young ambitious life. I am planning to run for the congress in this city. Please don't speak ill of me."
  He went to the safe, counted the money, and gave me a bundle of money. He offered me a cup of tea before I went out, but I couldn't stay there any longer because my desire to know the amount of money he gave me was irresistable. As soon as I turned around the corner, I counted. It was as much as fifteen dollars. Although I still needed more, I could not but praise the Lord.
  I don't know how to appreciate the Lord who has been there always with me in whatever I did. As a matter of fact, lots of people offered me better jobs for their churches. I have had an assurance that 'everything needed for His servant comes from above.' Thanks to the belief, I could get through all worldly temptations. In regards to this conference, I refused an honorarium for my time. Because the Lord takes care of my life.
  I still needed about thirty-five dollars more. Strange enough, however, was so relaxed even though I had only two days before moving out. After a little while, the telephone rang. It was a friend of mine.
  "I overheard that you are in trouble. I am so sorry I cannot be a big help. I just started my new business. But I could help you out with thirty dollars. If you can, pay back later, otherwise, forget it."
  With this unexpected help, only five more dollars were needed. All brothers and sisters scrambled around the money including pennies. At last, D-day came. It was April 19, 1970, a rainy day. How could I ever forget that day? I asked the brothers to move, and went out to spread the gospel. It was still raining when I got left the house. I suddenly came to think about Jesus.
  'Lord! When You were on the earth, You didn't have any house or room for Yourself, did You? Without extra clothes, how did You keep Yourself from getting wet, and how did You pass the cold winter nights in the wilderness? The other people went back to their homes at night when Your preaching was over, but You went up to the hill to pray without a place to sleep. You gave Your stupid servant a nice place to stay in that You didn't have Yourself when You were in the world.'
  I couldn't refrain from weeping. He has never left me since I was saved from sin, and has been looking after me regarding good or bad things. The Lord, of course, worked for this conference also. Public TV Stations like MBC don't like religious advertisements because of complaints from the other religion's followers. The Lord made them not only accept our conference advertisement but also apply ours to the category of public announcement, which means an unbelievable cheap price.
  For many things such as posters, banners, and so on, were prepared with the help of the Lord. Whatever we did to prepare this conference, we could feel the Lord wanted us to talk about the 'forgiveness of sin' to people of this city. We know that the Lord has led this conference because He doesn't like to have the people under agony, suffering, and sorrow. I was really happy again because He used a ugly and stupid servant like me. And I was happier when I saw lots of hands go up to show they wanted to be saved from their sins, and I heard from my co-workers many of them were saved.
  If you are saved from sins and born again, Jesus is always with you. You are not alone any more. I am sure that He will never release our hands until He guides us to His everlasting kingdom over the river of death.
  Let me testify to you what happened to me last spring. I had been extremely busy with lots of things such as leading conferences like this, Bible studies, visiting brothers and sisters, and the funeral of my grandmother on top of that.
  One day, I went to bed early in the evening with a keen stomachache, and it became worse with every passing minute. Around 10 o'clock, I couldn't stand it any longer, and asked my wife to call for someone. I was put in the emergency room after midnight. I thought for the first time that I might die this time. Since it was early in the morning, no specialized doctors were working on me, and interns were busy taking advantage of my case to increase their knowledge. They asked me my symptoms one after another until I was exhausted. I couldn't remember what was going on in my mind because of the terrible pain, but I can still remember that I thought I won't forget to take an audio cassette player with me if I have to be hospitalized again. Anyway, X-ray showed that I had a kind of intussusception, and they inserted a plastic tube through my nostril to suck up the fluid. It was really painful.
  I was moved out of the emergency room, and I thought about everything. 'Church should be okay with the associate pastor.' 'Nothing to be desired in my family. My two kids got saved, and my wife is to live with the Lord ...'
  I couldn't see anything I should worry about. But the weird thing was that I came to have a wish, 'I wish I could live ten more years.'
  I shook that idea off, however, when I thought that I would have the same wish after ten years. And real tranquility settled in me.
  'I shall be greeted by the Lord soon. Jesus has been with me all the way since I got saved from sin, without ever leaving me alone even for a moment, a lot of times I was bad though. By the way, Lord, why didn't you help me early when I had such and such problems. I was so anxious. Anyway thanks, Lord. Please take care of my wife and children as You have done for me.'
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  The thought I was to live with the Lord forever made me happy. I could appreciate the salvation from sin and the blessing I have.
  A doctor said,
  "In some cases, the patient of intussusception dies unless he recovers from intussusception within 24 hours. But in rare cases, intussusception patient comes back to normal condition in a couple of hours. Why don't you endure the pain for a little while? If you feel some gas released, let me know it."
  The next day was Sunday. Some of the brothers and sisters visited me, and went back for evening service. Right after they were gone, some gas was released from my body. It was the most valuable gas in the world. Anyway, we are not alone any longer even when we are under sorrow, agony, and suffering. And we are not alone either when we get across the river of death. We are expecting the day without fear.
  Samson in Judges 15:13 was tied up with strong rope. Let's read verse 14 .
  "And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands."
  "Pastor, just tell me how I can get redeemed. I am a very busy man. Leave all others alone, and tell me only the way of salvation."
  Lots of people have asked this, but unfortunately it cannot be done like that. Most of people understand the gospel only in their brains, and they still suffer from their sins left in their hearts. They are the ones who are not delivered from the shackles of sin. Only when the Holy Spirit works the shackles of sin are cut off. If not, they just have knowledge of the gospel that Jesus cleansed their sins, and they are still under the power of sin without true freedom.
  Samson was tied up tight with ropes, but when the Spirit of the Lord came on him, the ropes on him were cut off like burnt flax. Any of your sins that's tied you up will be cut off with the mighty power of the Holy Spirit. That is nothing but salvation. Without His help they believe they are saved with the knowledge of the gospel.
  Some people think they are saved because they had a 'prayer answered'. No, that's not true. Our hearts should be delivered free from sins to be saved, and to be born again. As Samson was tied up with ropes, most people these days are tied up with pangs or fears of sin. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that cut off the ropes. That's why we had prepared this conference with prayers and fasting in the wish that the Holy Spirit should work for this conference.
  I want you new saved saints to pray for me so that wherever I go, lots of people can have the blessing of salvation.
  Now folks, let's see what's to happen after salvation.
  In verse 14,
  "And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands."
  No matter how strong a rope might be, it is of no use after it is burnt. It will fall into pieces with a soft touch.
  In verse 15,
  "And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith."
  Once you are out of the shackles of sins, new power will come soaring up in your hearts. When you read the Bible you can grasp a new message you have never known before. You have new prayers. You don't have a burden that you must spread the gospel. But now if you just open your mouths, the Lord will be with you to accomplish tremendous works. After he killed a thousand men, Samson was about to die of thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised. He cried out to God for help. And He split the hollow place, and water came out.
  Someone might ask how this powerful man became a grinder in the prison with both his eyes put out. Strength or power he had didn't mean anything. What is the difference between David and Samson? David had leaders beside him while Samson didn't. One day David committed sin with the wife of Uriah, Nathan, a servant of God, scolded David mercilessly. David, the king was obedient to God's servant. How about Samson? He was so arrogant with his physical power that he couldn't look for a spiritual leader.
  Likewise, we see a lot of saved men who think they can live as good believers by themselves without a leader, only to find out themselves in the midst of confusion and chaos. If Samson had had a faithful leader when he fell in love with Delilah, he must have had a scolding, saying,
  "Samson, what are you doing? Awake to your right mind. You wicked Delilah! How dare you try to deprive God's servant? Get out of here right now."
  He was destroyed without a leader though he was such a powerful man. The saved Christian needs the pastor. Why? He is not a pastor himself, but a sheep.
  When I worked for a church in Seoul, I met many people who distrusted pastors. Whenever I heard them I felt pain in my heart.
  "I don't mean you are bad, but most of pastors are ..."
  I would reply.
  "Don't say that. You might be right. But we still have lots of true servants of God."
  And they ask back.
  "Tell me how we can tell the true ones from the false ones."
  It is not an easy job, but you have to find and have a true and reliable pastor. Jesus said in Matthew chapter 7,
  "Beware of false prophets,"
  What then is the difference between false prophets and true servants of God? Jesus called them as wolves,
  "... which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."
  How can we know that they are ravenous wolves in sheep's clothing? We cannot tell. But the Lord let us know it. We are not taken in when they give birth because they cannot give birth to a sheep.
  Jesus said,
  "Ye shall know them by their fruits."
  That's why you must find a right church. You are supposed to worship God under the control of a right servant.
  In Pusan city you should have innumerous number of pastors. We might have some false prophets among them. How do we tell? By their fruits. By checking if they have fruits of redemption, and if they have fruits of born again Christians.
  Once you have a right servant, you have to open your hearts even though he himself is not perfect and makes mistakes sometimes. So he can help you out when you are going astray. When we are right and walking in the light, no pastor is needed. It is when we are wrong that we need him. If you see God work through him to save men and to make them born again, trust him entirely and follow him. Without a trusting pastor, it is impossible to enjoy the faithful life. Even when you don't like him or his preaching, you have to trust him. His preaching might hurt your feelings, but that means the preaching has had a beneficial effect on you. If his preaching always flatters you, what in the world is it good for?
  But you got to check if he is really a saved, born again servant with the Holy Spirit, or just a gentle, nice looking, well educated famous seminary pastor. Once he proves to be a false one based on the Bible, you have to turn your back without hesitation. And if you have a true one, you must work with him, support him with prayers, money, and everything. You have to listen to the Bible to decide which way you must go.
  I prayed for this conference.
  "Lord, lots of people are suffering out of ignorance of the gospel. We need more servants for this job. We wish to have many more servants raised through this conference that they can work in China, Brazil, Africa, Moslem countries in the Middle East, and our neighboring country Japan which is rich, but full of sin. Lord! Please allow every single man who will be saved through this conference to be brought up under Your servant, and to have everlasting life. I want You to make them the ones who are not satisfied with worldly pleasure, but shed tears for the sake of the gospel, get beaten up, starve, suffer because of Jesus, so we can all embrace together in the everlasting kingdom, and share the moving testimonies."
  I wish to see new brothers and sisters through this conference working for Jesus. I wish the Lord to work in your hearts, and guide every step of your lives. I really want the Lord, who has been with me for the last twenty-five years since I was saved from sin, to accompany you especially when you are under hardships and difficulties. I cannot forget the faces of new born Christians through this conference. Wherever you may be I wish that the salvation you got may make you get stronger everyday, and keep you steadfast in faith.
  
  
  
  
  
  9. Cain And Abel
  
  
  "And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door: and unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him" (Genesis 4:1-7).
  This is the last sermon I am preaching at this conference. I don't know where I should start, because there are so many things to mention. I will be on my way to Seoul in my car tomorrow morning. But my heart seems to remain here for a long time. Late last night, I went up to the third floor of this building to meet new born again brothers and sisters through this conference. I don't know how to describe how hot my heart was when I heard their testimonies. They told me that they had struggled so badly with their sins that nobody knew even though they had attended church for a long time. They were finally born again and received the Lord by the help of this conference. I heard testimonies from four people last night. But I don't think only four people have testimonies. I believe this conference is the one that God allows us to have so that you are delivered from the sins in your hearts, because He loves you. Amen.
  I would like to give you the testimony of how my father came to believe in Jesus. My mother passed away on August 14, 1950, just after the Korean War broke. My father loved his five children so much. He was so young at that time and he could have gotten married again if he wanted. But he decided not to marry again, and decided to bring up his children by himself, because he heard from one of his friends who had a real bitter life under his step mother.
  All of us grew up, and got married. I was working for a small church. My wife and I felt uncomfortable because my father would not listen to me whenever I tried to talk about believing in Jesus, the Atonement, and the kingdom of heaven. He was living in the country, and came to my house often with rice and money to help us. Whenever we had a chance, we asked him to believe in Jesus. His answer was always,
  "Kids, don't push me too much. I will believe Him. How can I reject Him when you believe in Him. I will do it this fall."
  He had a lot of friends in our native community. The thing he liked most was to drink and to talk with his friends about the feast of their children's wedding or birthdays. What he was saying was if he didn't drink with his friend who had a big happy event because of Jesus, that would cause an offense. That was why he wanted to believe in Jesus after fall of that year. We couldn't push him too much, so we had to put up with it. Fall passed, and winter came.
  "Father, now it is time to believe."
  "I will do it this coming spring by all means."
  "Why father?"
  "A son of a friend of mine is getting married next spring. He is my bosom friend. I will believe in Jesus after their wedding."
  That's how he delayed ten years to believe in Jesus. He became really old. He was living with my elder brother who had to take a business trip to Japan. So he came to my house for the time being. We took notice that he had a bad stomach ulcer. Doctors said he seemed to have cancer, based on the symptoms he had, even though they didn't have tissue tests. They recommended he'd better not have an operation because he was seventy years old. We knew he would not live long. I became impatient with the thought, 'Whom can I ask to believe in Jesus, when as a pastor I cannot lead my own father to heaven.'
  One day I came to him after a prayer.
  "Father, believe in Jesus."
  "I will do it, son. Don't worry. I will."
  He answered the same as he used to do for a long time. That day, I didn't want to give up.
  "Father! You are not supposed to do that. Our lives are so vain ..."
  When I was about to say something, he became so upset.
  "You son! You watch your manners, talking to your old father in that tone of voice."
  I had never seen my father real upset in my whole life. Strange enough, we can see Satan work and make people resist strongly against the gospel whenever it's about to be accepted. That's for everybody. I meet a lot of people in the conference who say they became so angry with me, for no reason. They know what I am saying is right. But they become so irritated. I don't know why. It seems that Satan works strong against the gospel. In spite of Satan's efforts, however, many people are born again.
  Anyway, I had to withdraw with a bitter and heavy mind because he was too angry. That day many pastors came to our home to have Bible study. They asked me when I would leave my father's room.
  "Pastor Park, are you okay?"
  "What's bothering you?"
  I said,
  "According to the doctors, my father cannot live long. I pushed him to accept Jesus and he got rebuked me. I hate Satan that disturbs my father's heart."
  They asked again,
  "What can we do for you, Pastor Park?"
  "Let's pray!"
  We spent all afternoon with prayers skipping the Bible study.
  Next afternoon, my father called me,
  "Are you out there, son?"
  "Here I am."
  "Come on in. I feel something uncomfortable in my stomach. But I couldn't move my bowels. Do you have any medication for me?"
  I asked my wife to go to the drug store for an enema. Before she left, he sat and began to throw up blackish blood. Lots of darkish blood came up from his stomach. We were emotionally stressed and quite alarmed. I thought he was about to die. My wife was crying bitterly. He stayed calm with his lips closed. I think he felt then he was going to die. We cleaned up the blood and laid him down on a new quilt.
  "How do you feel, father?"
  "I am okay."
  "Honey, why don't you bring a cassette recorder? Father, I am going to record what you are saying. Tell us and my brother who is in Japan now and ask for anything you want."
  "Is the recorder ready?"
  "Yes."
  "Good, I have had something to tell you. I want to leave a will before I die."
  He left his will on the recorder for about an hour.
  "Regarding this issue, I felt sorry. Regarding that issue, you sons didn't do a good job for me ..."
  He kept on saying.
  "After my death, don't fight my sons over a small property I am leaving. Finally, bury me next to your mother. For washing and clothing me, ask a certain man to do it. He won't reject it, because I did him a lot of favors during my life."
  He talked about everything including the funeral, and finished his will on an one hour tape. At that moment, I asked him,
  "Father, after you pass away, I will do exactly what you said without a failure. I understand what I have to do with your body. But how about your spirit? Where is it going?"
  "I wish to go to paradise. But how can I? I didn't do any good works. No merit and virtue. It is too late."
  I had never thanked God more than that time for His salvation, not by our works or virtue but by Jesus' finished work on Calvary. I also thanked God for making me a pastor who can speak the gospel to everybody making them eligible for heaven with Jesus' Atonement. I explained to him that we can go to heaven without 'good deeds'. I said Jesus did everything we need to go to the kingdom of heaven, because we are so weak and powerless that we will only become exhausted after tons of efforts. For two or three hours, I talked about how our sins were transferred to Jesus, how His blood on the cross cleansed our sins, and how we can be saved. Finally, he revealed his inner most self.
  He used to say always,
  "Sons, they said there is good medication for me somewhere. An excellent doctor somewhere ..."
  "You must do it this way. You should know better than that."
  That's what he had been. But it seemed like he had put off all his worldly understandings which had dressed up his mind as he faced his death. He had never gone to church. He visited church which was attached to his son's house. He just came to church to see his son, not his pastor. Father, that day, was different. He took away all desires and doubts, and listened to me with a childlike mind. After a while, his countenance began to change.
  "I believe. I believe in Him." He murmured.
  "Thank you Jesus. The crucifixion, crucified ... Thank you, Jesus. You solved my sins on the cross by packing it all away in Your backpack. Now, I will go to Your kingdom shortly. Please accept me."
  All the brothers and sisters in our church had misty eyes at his murmuring prayer because they worried about my father's spirit after his death. We, in ambulance, went to our native place as his time was getting closer.
  Next day, after a good sleep, he asked,
  "Sons, I had a real peaceful sleep last night. Could you sing hymns and pray for me?"
  He was changed completely.
  If anybody opens his heart and listens to the right gospel the right way, he can be forgiven from his sins and can be born again. However, folks! Most people, unfortunately, don't have the chance to hear the right gospel these days, which gives me sorrow.
  We came back to our church because he would be taken better care of by my wife there. Several days later, she called me to come immediately. I jumped in a car and got there to find out he had only several hours to live. He was surrounded by many people, and he asked all his friends to come to his deathbed. Friends of his held his hands and shed tears of sorrow.
  "I am going to heaven because of Jesus whom my second son believes in. I will make a reservation for good seats for you. You believe in Him and come to me later."
  And he told his nephews,
  "Listen to me, nephews. I am parched with thirst, and it is hard to talk. But I am telling you, because you are my beloved nephews and I witnessed your father really suffering on his deathbed. Your father died after struggling with suffering. How do you want to die? Believe in Jesus whom my second son believes in. Money is not everything. Believe in Him."
  He fell asleep as soon as he finished. He went to heaven early the next morning while snoring in his sleep, our God had called him after father had made peace with Him. When we held the funeral, I shed tears with prayer in the backyard on my knees. My tears had two meanings. First, I was a poor ungrateful son. My mother passed away a long time ago, and he had to sacrifice himself to raise up his five kids alone. I felt real sorry because I was so poor that I couldn't do anything good for him. Second, I was thankful to God who saved my father. Folks, he had never been in a church in his whole life, neither had he ever read the Bible. Nevertheless, he was so changed after he heard the gospel. I had to thank God very much. I often think of him,
  "Father, I will come to you soon. God, thanks. You saved my father."
  Folks, why is it that a lot of people don't know such an easy and simple gospel? Excellent pastors, preeminent religious leaders, and famous doctors of divinity who have a great amount of knowledge. They are real good at helping the poor, volunteer work, donation, preaching. Only thing they don't do is to spread the gospel which deliver people from their sins because they have only a superficial idea of the core of the gospel that 'Jesus Christ washed away their sins on the cross.' That's why a small guy like me stands up, and speaks up so loudly. I realized that Pusan city is no exception. I met many people. They are the same as the ones in the other cities. They still remain suffering and in sorrow after trying everything they can, because they don't know the gospel of redemption.
  I believe we have many pastors here tonight. I want to ask you, pastors. What are you testifying on your pulpits? When your preaching cannot save your people from their sins, and they have nothing to do with God, even though they are impressed with your preaching. Dear pastors! Where will your people's spirit end up, if you are not testifying God's word correctly, so they cannot be delivered from their sins? How are you going to be responsible for the results before God?
  I want you, pastors to listen to me. What you must yell for is the precious blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. You've got to deliver their spirit from sin by testifying how the precious blood runs into the heart and cleanses the sin as white as snow not theoretically but practically. The theology you learned in seminaries cannot save spirits. The fluent preaching cannot save spirits. Your works for people cannot save them. You must make available the precious blood in the Bible to save them, and to be born again. If any of you are pastors or in seminaries to be pastors, listen carefully to me. You are responsible for your sheep. You have to know what you have been preaching. You might not be a born again Christian, even though you are a pastor. If you are not, you'd better throw away stupid things like your reputation or pride, and beg God.
  "I am a sinner. I didn't show my people the right way to deliver them from sin because I am a sinner with a theoretical knowledge of the gospel only. Please save me."
  You must pray sincerely on your knees. This is what God's powerful servants did in Christian history. Martin Luther did. John Wesley did. They were God's famous servants. But one day they realized that they were not delivered from their sins. Then their hearts were broken into pieces and smashed. After they were born again, they became powerful preachers without their own worldly manners. They knew clearly the Holy Spirit was working powerfully in their preaching.
  This afternoon, I went to Suhbusan Church for its inauguration service. We were all in six cars, and I drove the first one, because I was the only man who had been there. I led the other five cars to the church safely. Why did I lead? Because I was there already. The man, who has experienced a definite born again salvation testimony can give the direction, and show the born again way for the others.
  Folks, our mission is so important. If you are a saved Christian, don't be a religious man, but be a living Christian. One day in 1962, after long suffering, I was delivered from all my sins. From that very day, I lost meaning of all other things in the world. The only thing in my mind was 'How I can testify my invaluable experience to the others.' God surprisingly opened the way before me, so I could carry out this precious mission. When I preached the gospel to many people as well as to my own father, they received it. They were changed with happiness by the Atonement. Hallelujah! This one is the fine gift from God.
  God loves you and He is so pleased with you to see you stay here so late to listen. He knows you are in a hurry to go home as soon as a service is over. Many people would like to meet with me personally after the service every evening. I feel sorry for not having enough time to spend with them. I, thank God because very often I can witness their happiness after accepting the gospel preached by my co-workers. I want you new born again Christians to be true gospel 'spreaders' with me to give birth to real born again Christians and not to create religious men.
  Genesis chapter 4 is talking about Cain and Abel, who we know very well. I am sure you heard it several times in sermons. Cain, the first son of Adam seemed to be very strong, and good at everything. That's why Adam was happy with him and said, "I have gotten a man from the Lord." But Adam seemed to be disappointed after he bore Abel because Abel originally came from the word 'Ebel' which means the 'stream of breath'. When you exhale on a cold morning, you see the white vapor. That's what it means. It disappears in a second. The meaning of Abel's name is nihility.
  Long ago in Korea, people didn't report their new born child to the government agency for a hundred days, one year, or even several years. They had a real high infant mortality rate because of insufficent medical care. They waited until their children grew up strong before they were to be recorded on the family register. Some kids were ten years old, but legally only six years old. I saw a lot of children like that. That doesn't happen any more these days. But older men can remember it, and understand what I am saying.
  After Adam gave birth to Abel, I was in doubt if he could be a normal man. I guess Adam just called him 'nihility' without giving him a name. Abel seemed like a weak man while Cain was real strong and sturdy. I am just guessing. The Bible doesn't mention it. Cain, with his strong power, dug the ground, tilled the soil, and sowed the seeds. Abel, a small and skinny guy, drove sheep, and fed them on grass while he was standing in the sunshine. And came back home with the sheep. Abel survived beyond expectation. Cain and Abel grew up.
  In the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord, and Abel also brought of the firstling of his flock and their fat. The Lord respected Abel and his offering. But He didn't respect Cain and his offering. When I read this chapter, I had a thought about God, 'Why do You act like this? If I were You, I wouldn't do like You.'
  "Cain, come close to me."
  "Lord, what is wrong with me?"
  "You sloppy boy! Why did you present that kind of offering? I'll accept it for the first and the last time. Do it my way next time."
  But He is so impersonal in the Bible. God turned away His face and never considered Cain again. Cain became angry.
  Folks, most of us have come to believe that God's thoughts are the same as ours. However, Isaiah chapter 55 verse 8 says,
  "For my thoughts are not your thoughts ..."
  Repeat after,
  "Our thoughts are different from His thoughts."
  Folks, do you know why God wrote this story in Genesis chapter 4? He wrote it not because He had nothing to say but because He wanted to teach us,
  "If you worship Me like this, I won't respect it. When you bring your offering like that, I will respect you as well as your offering."
  These days innumerable people offer worship with all their minds and with all their hearts. Most of them comfort themselves by saying,
  "God should have respected our offering, our services, and us because we did the best we could do."
  But God accepts some offerings with reserve while He accepts the others. Now, why does He accept some? And why not the others? The reason is so simple and easy. He respects the offering like Abel's, and rejects the one like Cain's. He won't respect you when you bring an offering like Cain's. But He will respect you if you do like Abel. I ask people once in a while,
  "Why did God receive the offering of Abel, and reject Cain's?"
  Most of them answer,
  "Because Abel offered with all his heart, while Cain offered his insincerely."
  When we inquire, we can figure out some facts by their answers. Let's say we ask the children whose fathers are ministers of government.
  "What is your father doing?"
  "Old McDonald had a farm ...", one kid answered.
  "Oh, your father must be a minister of agriculture."
  "What is your father's job?"
  "Row, row, row your boat ..."
  "Aha! Your father is a minister of transportation."
  "What is your father's job?"
  "Twinkle, twinkle little star ..."
  "Oh, yea! He is a minister of science."
  This is a joke. Anyway when we ask a question, we can find out what they are thinking. The man who believes he used to serve God without his whole heart, thinks that God accepted Abel because he offered with all his heart, and that God didn't accept Cain because he needed more sincerity. The person who sins many times think God accepted Abel's because he offered it without sin, and He didn't accept Cain's because of sin. These ideas came from their own minds. The Bible doesn't say that. The Bible doesn't say Cain offered without his heart, and Abel did with all his heart.
  Folks, we are not supposed to interpret the Bible in our own ways. Who do you rely on to interpret the Bible? Pastor Park? No way. We must understand the Bible by the help of the Bible. The difference between Abel and Cain is not insincerity, effort, hard work, nor eagerness. The Bible, however, is talking about an interesting point in the difference of their offerings. Don't skim over the Bible, folks.
  Isaiah chapter 34 verse 16 says,
  "Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate ..."
  Now folks, let's read Genesis chapter 4 verse 3 carefully.
  The verse says,
  " ... Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord."
  In the mean time, what did Abel offer to the Lord? The firstlings of his flock and of their fat, right? We can find out something interesting here? Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground. If the same logic must be applied to Abel, it should be described Abel brought an offering of the fruit of the animal. Does it make sense? The other way around, when Abel offered the firstlings of his flock and of their fat, Cain was supposed to be described that he offered the specific name of fruits of the ground such as cabbage, pumpkin, or carrot. The Bible says consciously one offered the firstlings of lambs while the other did the fruit of the ground. We got to pay attention to this fact.
  God created man with a handful of dust for our bodies. That's why the Bible describes our bodies or worldly things as soil, earth, dust, etc.
  Ecclesiastes chapter 12 verse 6 says,
  " ... the pitcher be broken at the fountain ... "
  The 'pitcher' here is our body.
  Again, 2 Corinthians chapter 4 verse 7 says,
  "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels ..."
  Here again 'earthen vessels' means our bodies. Accordingly, fruits of the ground are the things from mankind, and our flesh, in other words, things from our efforts, or our thoughts. God doesn't accept anything from man.
  On the contrary, why did He respect Abel's offering? The firstlings of his flock, a Lamb is the Son of God, Jesus Christ. The fat is the Holy Spirit, so Abel stood before God in reliance to Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. We have two kinds of offering; one is with our own efforts and sufferings, the other is with the help of Jesus. No matter how good or beautiful the offering is, He doesn't accept the one from our flesh.
  God respected Abel as well as his offering because He respects anything from Jesus. For the same reason, He rejected Cain as well as his offering.
  Verse 4 and 5 say,
  " ... And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect."
  That means He did not respect Cain because He could not accept his offering, and He respected Abel because of his offering. Folks, these are real shocking words concerning our faith. Most people try to do something good for the Lord with a thought that He has the same mind as theirs. However, the Lord won't accept those things no matter how beautiful or precious they look, unless those came from Jesus Christ. Believers should worship with divine and true hearts. For divine and true hearts, Jesus must come into their hearts. To receive Jesus in our hearts, we have to be born again with the forgiveness of our sins. People do what they think is good because they don't understand the Bible. People expect God to respect their hard works, speaking in tongues, and their prophecies. Unfortunately, however, some of those nice looking signs came from Satan. Tongues, prophecies, and suffering may be from the wicked Satan. Not all of them are from the Lord.
  Cain offered with all his heart. But the Lord cannot accept the fruit of the ground. That is why we must be forgiven of our sins, and let Jesus come into our hearts to be our Master. When we come to God with Jesus Christ in our hearts, He can accept us because of Jesus Christ. People, these days, become disappointed and discouraged after long suffering by lacking this simple but very important secret. I was so surprised while spreading the gospel to find that more than 70 percent of prison inmates were churchgoers. How can good believers become criminals? God could not respect their faith, so He had to leave them alone, and they became corrupted. Why are you discouraged so often? The Lord cannot accept your prayers, services, and offerings unless you were washed from your sins and received Jesus Christ in you. Someone offers with deep emotion, sincere mood, or with hot passion. But God says those are not mine. I want you to repeat. You have to be born again. We badly need God's servants who testify the truth of being born again in the right way.
  Pharaoh, the old Egyptian king, dreamed a dream. His dream was the one of life and death of his people. But none of his magicians nor any of his wise men could interpret it. They were real good at the flood control of the Nile, political matters, and military strategies. But they couldn't figure out the meaning of the most important dream. Likewise, a lot of theologians these days have the knowledge of doing good works. But they cannot talk about how we can be born again, and how our sins can be forgiven. That's why many people are still wandering, and suffering in the darkness of sin.
  Dear folks, you must open your eyes. I want you to open your hearts wide and receive His words. You should have open eyes for God's will. Once you become born again with the redemption, you are children of God. The Lord will listen to you wherever you pray, in the bathrooms or while you are walking. If you are born again, He will receive your lives. The Holy Spirit will lead your lives. However, if you are not born again, He cannot respect anything from you. You will see it when you go to His kingdom. Innumerous people are being cheated and believe they have faith. The most important and urgent thing we've got to do is to receive the gospel, to be saved from sin and to be born again. And you must find God's true servants to foster your spiritual growth so your faith in Jesus will not be harmed. The firstlings and their fat of Abel is Jesus Christ. God respects only His Son.
  Let's suppose folks, I have beaten up Pastor Choe because I am stronger. He lost a couple of teeth, and his face scratched up. Pastors around us intervene.
  "You gentlemen, remember you are pastors. Stop it."
  "Make a reconciliation."
  I would say,
  "OK. That's good. Let's forget this accident, and make a friendly settlement."
  I try to shake hands with him for a reconciliation. Will it work? Yes, for me, because I am the winner. How about Pastor Choe? No way! Because he was beaten up terribly.
  "You, pastor, beat me. I will get you back."
  "Let's forget it, Pastor Choe."
  "Yes, I will, Pastor."
  Real reconciliation is made by the heart and not by talking. True settlement is done through an open heart. Hundreds of apologies won't make a reconciliation unless the other opens his heart to receive them.
  "Lord! Please forgive my sin. I believe, Amen!"
  This doesn't do anything to resolve sin.
  "Jesus, come in my heart. I open my heart to receive you. Please come in."
  Neither does this do any good. The barrier between God and you must be torn down. That is the only way to have a reconciliation and peace between God and you. Even if you know that Jesus died on the cross for your sin, and your sin was washed away, there still remains a barrier when you are not delivered from sin completely because you don't attain complete enlightenment deep in your own heart. If you are not free from sin without a doubt by the time this conference is over, don't be relaxed. Listening won't help.
  Let's say I am a professor of philosophy, mathematics, or English literature, and you are my students. I can lecture to you, however I could be a murderer, or a robber. You might say,
  "He teaches very well even though he is a nasty guy."
  And you receive my lecture. But I am a preacher. No matter how good my preaching might be, it is meaningless when you know I am bad guy. Why? Knowledge is received in our brains, and belief in our hearts. With your thought that I am a bad person, a robber, and deserved to be struck dead by lightning, you can't accept what I am saying like A + B = C. Faith is received by the heart. When you know a certain preacher is wicked, you can listen to him, but you can never accept his preaching in your heart. Faith is not knowledge. It should be attained in your hearts. That is the way how we are forgiven and saved. To have the right faith you must meet the true servant of God.
  Folks, we don't need pastors who talk about morality, ethics, philosophy, and the law. We need pastors who can explain to us how our sins are washed away, so we can be restored to His children. I meet true servants from time to time. I wish you folks in this city will be able to meet true pastors, true servants of God in the near future. I want to see not only pastors talking about the gospel of redemption but also many people added to the Book of Life after they receive the truth with tears.
  Dear folks, Cain's offering was rejected by God. The Lord says in Isaiah that He won't respect us unless we are born again.
  "To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? ... When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations ... they are a trouble unto me ... your hands are full of blood" (Isaiah 1:11-15).
  He is asking us to offer, pray, and worship, after our sins are cleansed as white as snow. The Bible says our hands are full of sin and blood. Folks, let us offer the sacrifice He desires. Let us not offer to Him what we desire. Let us do what is acceptable by His words.
  Dear folks, sooner or later, we have to stand before Jesus. Some of us with pleasure. The others with fear. New born again Christians through this conference should be careful. First of all, redemption is far away from your good works, such as obedience to the Bible, continuous prayers, spreading the gospel, and offerings. Redemption, the Atonement has a relationship only with the precious blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. However, folks! Satan knows we are not perfect, and we make mistakes. He takes advantage of our weak points to make discourage us. Whenever we do something wrong, he says,
  "I told you. How dare you say you were saved? Are you really forgiven? No way. You are not born again."
  This is how Satan tries to cheat you. You say,
  "Get out of here, Satan. I was saved not because I was good but because Jesus Christ shed His blood on the cross."
  Jesus saved you, not as a sinless person, but He saved you who were in terrible sins. In other words, salvation has no relation with your works.
  Let's read a verse in the Bible, Ephesian chapter 3 verse 12.
  "... In Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him."
  Does it say?
  "In Christ as well as with our faultless good works we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him."
  No! Having boldness and access with confidence has nothing to do with our works. Nobody can stand before God with their works. You do good things sometimes, but you do bad things far more often. Sometimes you are good, but far more wicked. That's why you cannot come forward to the Lord if you rely on yourselves. Only thing we can count on before God is the precious blood of Jesus Christ. We come to Him with the belief that He doesn't count our works, but He respects us through Jesus. We can stand with boldness before God because Jesus Christ is perfect and flawless, even though we are wicked.
  Secondly, I want you to know you became children of God if you were forgiven from your sins completely. The world doesn't appreciate God's children. However, you don't have to be discouraged because the world despises you.
  Once lived a prime minister in the Kingdom of Korea. He didn't have a child until later, he had a daughter. He didn't care about a son or a daughter. He was just happy with his daughter. She was so cute and smart, so he gave himself to her. She was real good on the harp, and wrote poems. Unfortunately, however, they had a custom of early marriage in those days. He had to marry off his only lovely daughter. Finally he decided to marry her to the youngest son of the governer of a certain province. The prime minister and his daughter wept hugging each other on the wedding.
  They kept a large family system those days. She became the fifth daughter-in-law in her new family. One day, it came to pass at the governer's birthday. At the big birthday party of the governer, all of the relatives and in-laws were invited. The father of first daughter-in-law came. The father of second daughter-in-law came ... and third and fourth. All of them paid tremendous visits, because they were all high ranking officers. They showed up with many guards blowing trumpets, and with colorful banners on poles. But the prime minister didn't show up until the feast started. His daughter was so anxious to know what happened to him. But she had nothing to do, and just waited. They didn't have anything like telephones or taxi cabs those days. Her sister-in-laws were jumping into the air for happiness to see their fathers.
  As the feast was almost over, she heard her father arrive. When she sprang out of the house to meet him, she almost fainted to see him on a little old donkey without a servant. Nevertheless, she was so happy to see him. But she couldn't rush to him to kiss him and hug because of the rigid manners and customs of those days. She just said "Hi" and came back to her works. After the feast was over, the prime minister went back without conversation with his daughter because of formality.
  After the party was over, the sister-in-laws began to tease and treat her very harsh,
  "Is your father the prime minister? Then why does he dress so shabby?"
  She had nothing to say, but could only wait for the next birthday of her father-in-law, hoping that her father would not cause her to be embarrassed and shamed as before.
  It came to pass, next feast for her father-in-law's birthday. The other in-laws showed up with many servants and lousy bands. The prime minister again, contrary to her expectation, came alone without a suite. She felt so bad, so she talked to her father.
  "Father, I want to ask one thing of you."
  "What is it?"
  "When you come again, please be appropriately dressed."
  "Um! I'll think about it."
  And he left. She was sure the next birthday party would be totally different.
  'You will see. My father is nobody but the prime minister of this Korean Kingdom. And there is no comparison between my father and the other in-laws.'
  Time passed so fast. It came to pass, another birthday. As normal, the in-laws came one by one several days in advance with large number of guards, servants, and bands. All the town was in a festive mood. It began to rain, but the prime minister hadn't arrived yet. The daughter thought,
  'He should be late, because he had to spend some time to dress up and all the arrangements.'
  It was twilight what some one yelled,
  "The prime minister is coming!"
  She saw him, coming on a small old donkey, drenched to the skin like a wet mouse. He had dressed again in the same shabby manner. She felt dizzy and fainted. The sister-in-laws were surprised and took her in a back room in a hurry, and laid her down. The prime minister sat in the main hall and talked with the other guests while drying off the rain on his hair and face with a towel. While he was talking, he began to wonder why he handn't seen his daughter.
  After a while, he said, *"Ahem", and the atmosphere became tense. He worried about his daughter,
  * 'Ahem' expressed displeasure without using words, its a clearing of the throat sound, if a father or man of high authority would do this, all those around him would shudder in fear This is understood in Asian culture.
  'Is anything wrong with her? Is she upset? Why doesn't she show up? ... Oh my goodness! She asked me last year to come well dressed. By the way, why, in the world, did she ask that kind of thing?'
  Now he looked around the hall, and found out all his in-laws in expensive colorful silk clothes. He said a big *'Ahem', and all became deathly quiet around there.
  "You are sitting side by side next to me, but which is against national law!"
  As soon as he said, all his in-laws and the governor's relatives crawled down to the front yard one after another, and fell down on their faces. The rain never missed this chance, and poured down on them.
  There was only one old man who came on a small donkey, and he was the prime minister. Inside the house, all the other dignitaries were lying on their faces. People gathered around the house whispering and giggling.
  Now the kitchen became the most busiest place in the house. The sister-in-laws were so embarrassed they don't know what to do.
  "How can we handle this big problem? Where is our youngest sister-in-law? Where is she?"
  "She is sick and lying down somewhere."
  "Is that right? Let's go and see her."
  "Oh my goodness! How do you feel? Why don't you get her some honey?"
  They made a big fuss.
  "We told you. You were supposed to have some rest."
  She didn't know what was going on, and was very puzzled because of the sister-in-laws special treatment. She said she was OK and went out of the room to see the greatest scene in her whole life. 'I thought so.' She couldn't express herself outwardly, but she enjoyed the pleasure of victory, a smile of satisfaction was in her heart. Pretending not to know anything, she walked toward the kitchen to work. One sister-in-law came to her, and said with tears,
  "My father's bronchi is so weak that he always catches a cold whenever it becomes cold. How can he stand this cold rain?"
  Another came, and appealed,
  "Sister! My father has been suffering with neuralgia for a long time."
  The others made a line to have a chance to talk to the daughter of the prime minister.
  "OK, OK! Don't worry. I will tell him." she said.
  "We will really appreciate it if you will do this kindness."
  Now she straightened her clothes, and came to her father. She made a low bow and said,
  "How was your trip? How are you, and mother doing?"
  "All right. We are fine."
  The prime minister knew his daughter was satisfied because she came out to greet him. He also knew what she was going to say next.
  "I wish to have more time with you. But we have manners and customs to keep. You'd better go and do your job."
  "Well, ... Father!"
  "I think I told you to go, baby."
  "But, father! Those fathers of my in-laws are still out there in the rain."
  Prime minister looked back at them.
  "Are you gentlemen still in rain. Why don't you come on inside the building?"
  "We don't know how to thank you, Your excellency."
  Even a daughter of a prime minister has that much power. But we are the children of God who created the whole universe. We don't have to complain against the world because they don't appreciate us. Do you know what would happen to this world if our Father would say only one word against it? Folks, I am small, and don't have anything to be proud of. But I am a prince, a son of God, and a servant of God. Don't dare to compare me with the prime minister's daughter. I became a son of God without a price. The world doesn't appreciate me. Folks, when I arrived in Pusan city for this conference, the mayor did not show up to meet me. Neither did the police chief. I, of course, didn't call city hall and yell,
  "Why didn't you come to the station to meet God's servant?"
  Because I didn't want to be put in a mental hospital.
  Even though the world despises us, we don't have to be intimated. We were forgiven of our sins, born again, and became children of God through the precious blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Hallelujah! What is the big deal even if we are poor? What is the big deal when we suffer, when we are despised, when we are beaten, or when we get insulted. You must know the stronger should be more generous. We are stronger than those guys in the world. Do you understand? Our Father overlooks small things, but should He say one word to them when they harm us. Do you know what would be their reaction should He say,
  "That is against national law!"
  He won't care if it's raining or snowing. We are so blessed. I don't know how we became his children and his servants when we live in this world like this. Do you know what heaven is like, where we will go in the near future? You cannot understand even if I explain it in detail. Anyway, the Lord gave us this amazing blessing. I praise the Lord. Jesus loved us so much that He suffered and bled on the cross for our lives.
  Folks, a big mansion, and a lot of property in this world doesn't mean anything. We are the people who belong to heaven. We have a treasure up there. People whose sins are forgiven can go to heaven for nothing. Dear folks! I wish all of you to be washed away your sins and to live a second life after you are born again through Jesus Christ. I thank God for allowing us a few days for the conference. I am sure the Lord will stay forever with you new born again Christians. I want you to consult with the Lord regarding whatever may come up in your lives.
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